Mr. Angel Gurría, Secretary-General of the OECD, delivers keynote at the G20 Presidency-OECD Stocktaking Seminar on Small and Medium Enterprises and Low Income Developing Countries in the International Market Place


At the Brisbane Summit in November 2014, G20 Leaders noted that “Trade and competition are powerful drivers of growth, increased living standards and job creation. In today’s world we don’t just trade final products. We work together to make things by importing and exporting components and services. We need policies that take full advantage of global value chains and encourage greater participation and value addition by developing countries.”


This stocktaking seminar in Paris on 2 June 2015 builds upon previous events and reports to successive G20 Presidencies on the implications of new measures of trade in value added terms and the emergence of global value chains (TiVA-GVCs) for trade, investment and related policies. It examines in particular the opportunities and the challenges for further integration of small and medium-scale enterprises (SMEs) and low income developing countries (LIDCs) firms into GVCs, and identifies practical policy responses that governments can consider.


Mr. Angel Gurría, Secretary-General of the OECD, delivered a keynote speech.  The speakers and moderators at this event were:

  • Ambassador Ayşe Sinirlioğlu, Deputy Undersecretary for Economic Affairs – G20 Sherpa, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Turkey 
  • Ms. Gabriela Ramos, Chief of Staff and G20 Sherpa, OECD (including a special presentation on the new TiVA Database)
  • Ms. Anabel González, Senior Director, World Bank Group Global Practice on Trade and Competitiveness
  • Ms. Daria Taglioni, Global Solutions Lead for Global Value Chains, World Bank Group Global Practice on Trade and Competitiveness
  • Mr. Raed Safadi, Deputy Director, Trade and Agriculture Directorate, OECD
  • H.E. Mr. Adnan Yildirim, Deputy Minister of Economy, Turkey
  • Mr. Andrew Wyckoff, Director, Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation, OECD
  • Mr. Ken Ash, Director, Trade and Agriculture Directorate, OECD
  • Mr. Justin Brown, First Assistant Secretary, Office of Trade Negotiations, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australia
  • Dr. Robert Koopman, Chief Economist, World Trade Organisation 
  • Mr. Bernhard Welschke, Representative of the B20 Trade Task Force / BIAC Secretary-General 



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