In July 2007, Egypt became the 40th country to adhere to the OECD Declaration on International Investment and Multinational Enterprises. The adherents to the Declaration commit to providing national treatment to foreign investors and promoting responsible international business conduct. During this process, Egypt undertook a thorough review by OECD members of its international investment policies using the Policy Framework for
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This document reproduces the Report by the Chair of the Annual Meeting of the National Contact Points which was held on 19-20 June 2007. IT provides an account of the actions the adhering governments have taken of the 12 months to June 2007 to enhance the contribution of the Guidelines to the improved functioning of the global economy.
This report analyses the interactions between the investment and services chapters of 20 regional trade agreements. It classifies agreements into two broad categories of NAFTA-inspired and GATS-inspired agreements and identifies four major types of interaction between the investment and trade in services chapters. The report then looks at the implications of the services/investment interface for levels of investment protection and
This report provides new insights into offshoring, which has become a fact of life for business, and describes the wide-ranging effects that offshoring can have on domestic employment -- the positive, as well as the negative.
A review of Bulgaria's SME & tourism sector by international tourism experts, offering specific policy recommendations. This review is useful in considering further development of Bulgaria's new national tourism strategy.
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This report, prepared in 2007, examines in detail the impact of decreased capital markets activity in the shipbuilding sector.
Enhancing the Role of SMEs in Global Value Chains, addresses how globalisation of value chains and of large enterprises affects the role of SMEs as traditional partners, suppliers or distributors for larger firms and explores the benefits of SME participation in global value chains.
Freedom of Investment, Investment Environment, and Social Responsibility was one of the key themes at the annual summit of the Group of Eight leading industrialised nations (G8) which took place in Heiligendamm, Germany, from 6-8 June 2007. The G8 Summit Declaration called for continuation of the OECD Investment Committee's project on Freedom of Investment, National Security and "Strategic" Industries, additional non-member adherences
The globalisation of production has changed the industrial structure within OECD countries, and in some sectors blunted their competitiveness. Another major consequence has been fears of job losses, due to outsourcing and offshoring. How should OECD countries respond?
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This document looks at business support services and their strong linkages with other sectors. It aims to identify factors that affect delivery of business support services and could enhance growth prospects more broadly, with a focus on productivity, standardisation, regulation and trade.