Ministerial Council Meeting 2009


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OECD ministerial meeting 2009

The Crisis and Beyond: building a stronger, cleaner, fairer world economy

Against the backdrop of the most severe financial and economic crisis in decades, this year’s Council Meeting at Ministerial Level addressed key policy responses to restore financial stability and sustainable long-term growth.

The meeting offered an opportunity for Ministers to review progress, advance solutions and enhance co-operation in tackling the challenges of the world economy. We gave special emphasis to policies preventing all forms of trade and investment protectionism and those ensuring that environmental concerns are taken into account when considering the options to address the crisis.

As the centre-piece of the OECD's annual week of meetings and debate on the world economy, the OECD’s 30 member countries held their annual Ministerial Council Meeting in the OECD Conference Centre in Paris on 24-25 June.

 Han Seung-soo, Prime Minister, Korea    

The meeting was chaired by Han Seung-soo, Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea. Korea was assisted by three Vice-Chairs: Denmark, United Kingdom and Italy; representing respectively COP 15, G20 and G8 to enhance coherence and synergy among international fora.

To promote the necessary collective convergence in policy and action amongst developed as well as major developing economies, Ministers from Brazil, Chile, Estonia, India, Indonesia, Israel, the People's Republic of China, the Russian Federation, Slovenia and South Africa were invited to participate in all sessions of the meeting. They were joined for the Trade and Investment session by Ministers from Argentina and Hong Kong, China. Representatives from the Bank for International Settlements (BIS), the International Labour Organization (ILO), the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank and the World Trade Organisation (WTO) are also invited to attend.


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