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        High-Level Policy Forum on the New OECD Jobs Strategy           


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08:30 – 09:30

Arrival and registration

09:30 – 09:40

Welcome by Andrea Nahles, Federal Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, Germany and Angel Gurría, Secretary-General of the OECD

09:40 – 11:15

The new OECD Jobs Strategy framework and key policy messages

Introductory remarks: Stefano Scarpetta, OECD

Panel discussion:
•    Andrea Nahles, Federal Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, Germany
•    Angel Gurría, Secretary-General of the OECD
•    Patricia Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, Canada
•    Stephen Nickell, Professor at Nuffield College, University of Oxford
•    John Evans, General Secretary, Trade Union Advisory Committee to the OECD (TUAC)
•    Phil O'Reilly, Chairman, Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD (BIAC)

Registered interventions and discussion

11:15 – 11:45 Coffee break
11:45 – 13:00

Fostering job quality, health and productivity

Introductory remarks: Alexander Hijzen, OECD

Panel discussion:

  • Alfonso Navarrete Prida, Secretary of Labour, Mexico
  • Irene Wennemo, State Secretary, Ministry for Employment, Sweden
  • Lisa Lynch, Provost and Professor at Brandeis University
  • Maria Jepsen, Director, Research Department of the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI)  
  • Oliver Maassen, Head of Human Resources and Social Affairs, TRUMPF Group
Registered interventions and discussion
13:00 – 14:30 Lunch break
14:30 – 15:45

Promoting more resilient labour markets

Introductory remarks: Christian Kastrop, OECD

Panel discussion:

  • Rania Antonopoulou, Alternate Minister for Combating Unemployment, Greece
  • Pedro Llorente, Vice-Minister for Employment and Social Security, Spain
  • Jason Furman, Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE)
  • Johannes Jakob, Head of the Employment Department, German Trade Union Confederation (DGB)
  • Henrik Bach Mortensen, Executive Director, Confederation of Danish Employers (DA)

Registered interventions and discussion

15:45 – 16:15 Coffee break
16:15 – 17:30

Shaping the future of work

Introductory remarks: Mark Keese, OECD

Panel discussion:

  • Christl Kvam, State Secretary of Labour and Social Affairs, Norway
  • José António Vieira da Silva, Minister of Labour, Solidarity and Social Security, Portugal
  • Alan Manning, Professor at London School of Economics
  • Gerhard Braun, Vice President, Confederation of German Employers' Associations (BDA)
  • Philip Jennings, General Secretary, UNI Global Union

Registered interventions and discussion

Closing statement by Thorben Albrecht, State Secretary, Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, Germany and Stefano Scarpetta, Director for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs, OECD

 The following Ministers, Vice Ministers and State Secretaries will also participate in the discussions of the Forum:

  • Martin Hehir (Deputy Secretary, Department of Employment, Government of Australia)
  • Branislav Ondruš (State Secretary of Labour, Social Affairs and Family, Slovak Republic)
  • Peter Pogačar (State Secretary of Labour, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, Slovenia)
  • Eglė Radišauskienė (Vice-Minister of Social Security and Labour, Lithuania)
  • Jānis Reirs (Minister of Welfare, Latvia)
  • Ezequiel Sabor (Secretary of Labour, Argentina)
  • Nicolas Schmit (Minister of Labour, Employment, Social Economy and Economic Solidarity, Luxembourg)
  • Eliane Tilleux (Minister of Employment and training, Walloon Region, Belgium)