On 28-29 November, the OECD hosted the annual meeting of its Global Strategy Group (GSG), which brings together senior officials from the OECD members and accession and key partner countries to discuss the main challenges shaping today’s world and how the Organisation can be most relevant in helping tackle them. This year’s meeting focused on how to harness the immense potential benefits stemming from the digital transformation, while addressing the anticipated challenges.
Over the two days, participants engaged in lively exchanges on multiple over-the-horizon aspects of the digital transformation, including its impact on individuals, firms, regions and policy-making at multiple levels. The overall objective was to exchange views and best practices in order to ensure that the potential of digitalisation is maximised without increasing inequalities or leaving people behind. The GSG also discussed the contribution that the OECD is making to improve global governance and facilitate standard setting, particularly through its engagement with the G20 and G7, key partners and other international organisations.
Participants welcomed the important role played by the OECD in fostering a forward-looking, evidence-based debate on digitalisation, globalisation, trade and investment, particularly in the context of the Organisation’s Going Digital project, which builds on a growing body of work in this area, with particular attention to inclusive growth and the productivity-inclusiveness nexus.
Global Strategy Group (GSG) Meeting
28 November 2017: Global Strategy Group (GSG) Meeting, at OECD.
For the fifth and last time, the meeting was chaired by Mr. Ulrik Vestergaard Knudsen, Permanent Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark. Denmark passes the chairmanship onto Switzerland, and Ms. Marie-Gabrielle Ineichen-Fleisch, State Director of the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs, will chair the next GSG to take place at the end of 2018.
The GSG discussions will inform the preparation of the next OECD Ministerial Council Meeting (MCM), taking place on 30-31 May, 2018, where Ministers will reflect on how to achieve more responsible, effective and inclusive multilateralism.
Opening Remarks by Angel Gurría, OECD Secretary-General: “Unprecedented Unpredictability: Digital Transformation – The Future of Jobs and Trade in a Digitalised World”