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  • 18-November-2021

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    France: Invest in skills, digitalisation and the green transition to strengthen the recovery, says OECD

    Swift and effective government support has helped France to rebound rapidly from its COVID19-induced recession. Using the country’s announced Recovery and Investment Plans to invest in education, worker training, and the green and digital transitions should result in stronger and more resilient growth, according to a new OECD report.

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  • 18-May-2021

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    Policy brief on e-learning and digital business diagnostic tools for entrepreneurs

    This policy brief discusses recent international policy experiences in developing e-learning and digital business diagnostic tools for entrepreneurs. E-learning tools can develop entrepreneurial knowledge, skills and competences among users and increase their confidence and success in business creation. Business diagnostic tools offer entrepreneurs ways to assess their business management practices against peer companies or good practices, building competence and diffusing good practice. This brief sets out considerations for the successful development and implementation of these tools. It presents eight international cases of tools and discusses the public policy lessons from these international experiences.
  • 17-November-2020

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    The impact of COVID-19 on SME financing - A special edition of the OECD Financing SMEs and Entrepreneurs Scoreboard

    The COVID-19 crisis has had a profound impact on SME access to finance. In particular, the sudden drop in revenues created acute liquidity shortages, threatening the survival of many viable businesses. The report documents an increase in demand for bank lending in the first half of 2020, and a steady supply of credit thanks to government interventions. On the other hand, other sources of finance declined, in particular early-stage equity. This paper, a special edition of Financing SMEs and Entrepreneurs, focuses on the impacts of COVID-19 on SME access to finance, along with government policy responses. It reveals that the pre-crisis financing environment was broadly favourable for SMEs and entrepreneurs, who benefited from low interest rates, loose credit standards and an increasingly diverse offer of financing instruments. It documents the unprecedented scope and scale of the policy responses undertaken by governments world-wide, and details their key characteristics, and outlines the principal issues and policy challenges for the next phases of the pandemic, such as the over-indebtedness of SMEs and the need to continue to foster a diverse range of financing instruments for SMEs.
  • 14-April-2020

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    Synthesising good practices in fiscal federalism - Key recommendations from 15 years of country surveys

    The design of intergovernmental fiscal relations can help to ensure that tax and spending powers are assigned in a way to promote sustainable and inclusive economic growth. Decentralisation can enable sub-central governments to provide better public services for households and firms, while it can also make intergovernmental frameworks more complex, harming equity. The challenges of fiscal federalism are multi-faceted and involve difficult trade-offs. This synthesis paper consolidates much of the OECD’s work on fiscal federalism over the past 15 years, with a particular focus on OECD Economic Surveys. The paper identifies a range of good practices on the design of country policies and institutions related strengthening fiscal capacity delineating responsibilities across evels of government and improving intergovernmental co-ordination.
  • 25-February-2020

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    Opening speech: Steering Group Meeting for the Horizontal Housing Project

    It’s great to see so much expertise gathered around the table. It is crucial to discuss how to design housing policies with stakeholders from Committees, Delegations and experts from OECD and academia. Your contributions and expertise are critical for shaping this project.

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  • 18-September-2019

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    New Approaches to Environmental, Social and Economic Challenges

    We are living in an age of pessimism, and there is plenty to be pessimistic about. But yesterday’s discussions showed that you can be optimistic and a realistic too. Although, as I always say, it is even better to be activistic. And that’s why we have gathered here these two days!

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  • 17-July-2019

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    G7 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meeting: Sequence 1: Addressing risks in the global economy and the financial systems

    The global economy is in a fragile spot. Our latest Economic Outlook projected global GDP growth to slow down to 3.2% this year and improve only to 3.4% in 2020, against a projection of 4% growth a year ago. Across all G7 economies, growth is projected to be lower this year than in 2018.

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  • 16-July-2019

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    Mr. Angel Gurría, Secretary-General of the OECD, at G7 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors’ meeting in Chantilly, 17-18 July 2019

    Mr. Angel Gurría, Secretary-General of the OECD, will participate in the G7 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors’ meeting in Chantilly, on 17-18 July 2019.

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  • 24-May-2019

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    Objectives and challenges in the implementation of a universal pension system in France

    The mission of the French High Commission for Pension Reform is to prepare the reform introducing a universal pension points system in France.

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  • 9-April-2019

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    Further reforms in France can drive growth, improve public finances and boost social cohesion

    The French economy has slowed, with weaker growth and employment prospects weighing on living standards and well-being. Policy should focus on long-term strategies to revitalise growth, improve public finances, create more and better jobs and ensure a more inclusive and cohesive society, according to a new report from the OECD.

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