Encouraging entrepreneurship and facilitating the rapid growth of innovative SMEs is an effective means of creating jobs, increasing productivity and alleviating poverty. Identifying and implementing the policies that can achieve these goals is an ...
The OECD Investment Committee has released a statement supporting additional transparency in international investment arbitration. The Working Paper Transparency and Third Party Participation in Investor-State Dispute Settlement Procedures provides a comprehensive and up-to-date survey of current rules and steps to improve transparency by governments, arbitral tribunals and relevant international organisations
This annual publication provides steel production and consumption statistics, trade data, and other indicators of activity such as employment levels, annual investment expenditures by sector and by country, export prices, domestic prices and indices for certain iron and steel products.
This report provides an overview of the role of services in economic performance, and the factors that affect services sector performance: labour and product markets, barriers to trade in services, innovation and impacts of information and communications technology on the services sector.
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This report focuses on the role of official development assistance (ODA) to support the efforts of developing countries to improve their investment climate, including through policy capacity building. The experiences with intervention in areas such as regulatory reform, upgrading of infrastructure and strengthening the trade/investment linkage are reviewed. More targeted approaches to enhancing investment are also analysed, including
The purpose of this handbook is to measure the extent and intensity of economic globalisation. It defines the concepts and puts forward guidelines for data collection and the fine-tuning of economic globalisation indicators.
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This article, by the OECD Secretary-General Donald Johnston, describes how the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, a government-backed code of conduct for international business, has become an influential instrument for promoting appropriate standards of behaviour in today’s global economy. It was prepared for a book on Corporate Social Responsibility published by the International Bar Association and Kluwer Law
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This progress report, approved by the OECD Investment Committee in April 2005, documents work on the Policy Framework for Investment. The Framework is non-prescriptive. It provides a checklist of policy issues to support an attractive environment for both domestic and foreign investment. The report also notes progress under the Initiative in building policy capacity through peer learning and in joint work with DAC on using ODA more
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This document, by the UN Global Compact and the OECD, seeks to clarify the complementarities and distinctive contributions of these two initiatives.
The services sector now accounts for over 70% of total employment and value added in OECD economies. It also accounts for almost all employment growth in the OECD area