Are the policies that governments have put in place to stabilise the global economy and restore growth sowing the seeds for a new economic crisis? While more welfare spending and easier credit can temporarily help to shore up economic activity, they could in the medium term make the problems that caused the current crisis worse, argues William White, chair of the OECD’s Economic Development and Review Committee.
Speaking at a conference in Berlin, Angel Gurría says that a new architecture of financial reform together with sustainable fiscal consolidation strategies, structural reforms and efforts to explore new sources of growth will be essential to build a stronger, cleaner and fairer world economy.
Building on the OECD's internationally recognised standards in the area of financial education, participants in this event shared best practices and experiences in the fields of financial education and literacy. As a result, they were better equipped to address their national and regional challenges in these policy areas.The workshop was co-hosted by the Reserve Bank of India and the OECD and was sponsored by the Government of Japan.
"We need to reform international finance so that it plays its essential role in supporting economic activity -- and does not provoke another systemic crisis. But we have to ask ourselves, do we have the right global governance mechanisms to address these issues in an effective way? " said A. Gurría at colloque on “Refondation du système monétaire et financier international”.
U.S. President Barack Obama’s plan to separate core commercial banking from some higher-risk activities in financial conglomerates and to place a moratorium on further consolidation could help to avoid a new financial crisis by resolving some major risks inherent to the current financial system.
The OECD has established a set of key principles to guide financial policy makers as they look to fundamental reform that will achieve strong, resilient financial systems that play their part in driving economic growth.
NEPAD-OECD Ministerial Meeting & Expert Roundtable, 11-12 November 2009, Johannesburg, South Africa. Mobilising Financial Resources - Boosting Energy Investment & Carbon Finance in Africa.
The OECD is working to help governments restore confidence and stability in the financial system, soften the impact of the recession and strengthen the global economy over the longer term. Its strategic response to the crisis covers two main areas: align regulations and incentives in the financial sector to ensure tighter oversight and risk management; review and upgrade national policies and improve international coordination to
Financial services firms must make sure their customers understand what they are letting themselves in for when they sign up for mortgages, consumer loans and other products, under new OECD guidelines designed to avoid a repeat of the sub-prime mortgage crisis.
One of the agenda items at the G8 Summit in L’Aquila this week is expected to be a discussion of a proposed new “Global Standard” for international business dealings.