17/03/2017 - As part of efforts to deepen co-operation between the OECD and Argentina and contribute to the country’s public policy and reform agenda, Argentina’s Finance Minister Nicolás Dujovne has presented an Action Plan to OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría.
The Argentina Action Plan opens the path for greater participation in a range of OECD work and identifies a number of policy areas where OECD experts will interact with Argentine officials to strengthen public policy and the drive for successful reforms.
Mr Dujovne delivered the Action Plan during a bilateral meeting with Mr Gurría in Baden Baden, Germany, in the margins of the 17-18 March Meeting of G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors.
“This Action Plan is an ambitious combination of public policy priorities that the OECD will work on with Argentina, over the coming year, to strengthen economic growth, competitiveness and institutions and add momentum to President Mauricio Macri’s reform agenda.” Mr Gurría said. “This is an Argentine plan, based on Argentine priorities. We are committed to leveraging OECD expertise and sharing best practices to help Argentina advance its reform agenda and move closer to international standards.”
The Action Plan consists of 16 policy areas that will support Argentina’s key reform priorities: economic policy, statistics, competition, investment, public management and modernisation of the state, federalism, regional development and multi-level governance, fight against corruption, education and skills and digital economy. It also provides the basis for expanding Argentina’s strong engagement with the G20 in the lead up to its upcoming 2018 Presidency.
During implementation of the Action Plan, the OECD will conduct a number of policy reviews in various areas of the Argentine economy, to provide specific recommendations drawing on OECD best practices. This will include a Multi-Dimensional Economic Survey, to be presented in mid-2017, and a Statistics Review. In addition, Argentina is expected to adopt and implement several international standards, including the OECD Codes of Liberalisation of Capital Movements and of Current Invisible Operations, while enhancing its participation in OECD committees on education, competition and public governance, amongst other.
“We are convinced that the set of activities outlined in the Action Plan will give Argentina access to key information and recommendations to develop and bolster its reform agenda over the coming years in order to support achievement of strong, inclusive and sustainable growth,” Mr Gurría said.
For further information on OECD-Argentina cooperation, please contact the OECD Global Relations Secretariat (GRS) - GRS.LAC@oecd.org.
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Argentina has a longstanding relationship with the OECD, dating back to the early 1990s. It was among the first countries in Latin America to adhere to the OECD Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions and to the OECD Declaration on International Investment and Multinational Enterprise. It is a member of the OECD Development Centre and the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes. Its broad engagement with the OECD also includes participation in official bodies and/or adherence to legal instruments in areas including development, science and technology, chemicals, corporate governance, transport, fiscal affairs and transparency and exchange of information.
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