OECD Week Productive Economies, Inclusive Societies - Forum and Ministerial Council Meeting 31 May - 2 June 2016


10/05/2016 - The OECD’s 2016 Ministerial Council Meeting  will take place at its Paris headquarters on 1 and 2 June 2016, and will be preceded on 31 May and 1 June by the OECD Forum. Both events form part of OECD Week 2016 which will bring together government ministers, international experts and key figures from the worlds of academia, business and civil society.


At the heart of the discussions will be the question of how to strengthen productivity and at the same time, ensure the benefits of economic growth are shared by all. A particular focus will be placed on the groups most affected by shifting social and economic trends – migrants, children and youth, women and the elderly.


The OECD Forum will host nearly 80 debates, presentations and other events on topics ranging from the future of work to integrating migrants; from inclusive cities to cybersecurity.


Participants at both the Forum and Ministerial meeting will address how the OECD can support governments build on recent international agreements in the areas of sustainable development, climate change and the mandates from the G20 group of leading economies.


Highlights of OECD Week will include a keynote speech by Chile’s President Michelle Bachelet, Chair of the Ministerial Meeting, on Wednesday 1 June. It will be followed by the launch of the OECD’s twice-annual Economic Outlook. Later that day, Latin American leaders and ministers will participate in the launch of a new Latin America and Caribbean Regional Programme.  Other media events are set out below. 


The week’s events also include meetings of several G20 working groups.


Pre-OECD Week media events

Tuesday 24 May


08.30: Media Breakast with OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría, in association with the French economic and financial journalists’ association, AJEF. Mr Gurría will discuss the topics on the agenda at the Ministerial and the main challenges facing the global economy. Venue: Le Procope, Paris (separate registration required via  


OECD Week Media Events (please check for updates)


Tuesday 31 May


11.30:Reducing inequality, raising productivity and creating jobs - the trade union agenda. Media briefing with John Evans, TUAC (Trade Union Advisory Committee); Sharan Burrow, ITUC (International Trade Union Confederation); Frances O’Grady, TUC (Trades Union Congress, UK); Luca Visentini, ETUC (European Trade Union Confederation). Media Centre


TBC:  Media Briefing:  What is happening to labour productivity? Presentation of a Compendium of Productivity Indicators and a new study of Productivity and Inequality. 


Wednesday 1 June


08:30: Multi-lingual media briefings on Economic Outlook (under embargo) by OECD economists. More information to follow.


10.30: Launch of OECD Economic Outlook with Secretary-General Angel Gurría and Chief Economist, Catherine L. Mann - Room CC1


14:15: Briefing for Latvian press by Latvia’s Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs. Media Centre


18.20: Launch of the OECD Latin America and Caribbean Regional Programme – Room CC1


Thursday 2 June


10:45: Media briefing with OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría and Latvia’s Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis.


15:30: Closing Press conference: OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría and a high-level representative of the Chilean Government will brief journalists on the outcomes of OECD Week


TBC - WTO Media Briefing following trade ministers meeting


Journalists wishing to attend OECD Week should register by providing name, media, job title and national press card number (when available) - Media must register by 30 May.


For further information contact the OECD Media Office (; tel. +33 1 4524 9700).


A full list of briefings is available at:

(to be updated regularly).


The full programme of the Forum – open to journalists – is available.


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