Welcome Anthony Gooch, Director of Public Affairs and Communications, OECD
09.00 - 10.00
10 years after the crisis – what has changed? Gabriela Ramos, Chief of Staff and G20 Sherpa, OECD
10 years after the financial crisis, Gabriela Ramos outlined how the crisis affected ordinary people in OECD countries, what the impact on society was, and how things need to change. She outlined the OECD’s pioneering New Approaches to Economic Challenges initiative, which looks at the interconnected challenges we face, identifies the analytical and policy tools needed to understand them, and creates the narratives best able to convey them to policymakers.
Improving integration of refugees and other vulnerable migrants Jonathan Chaloff, International Migration Division, OECD Discussant: Scott Simms, Member of Parliament, Canada
This session looked at what OECD countries have learned from the recent spike in demand for international protection and how countries can be better prepared for the next surge. Systems were resilient although some responses could have certainly been better. Early warning systems, co-ordination across levels of government and internationally and interaction with other actors can help reinforce institutional capacity to respond. International co-operation can improve conditions for both integration and sustainable return. A number of specific integration programmes work for groups with vulnerabilities such as unaccompanied minors, very low-educated refugees.
Launch of the OECD Regulatory Policy Outlook Marcos Bonturi, Director for Public Governance, OECD Stephan Naundorf, Vice Chair to the OECD Regulatory Policy Committee Discussants: Pablo Lorenzini, Member of Parliament, Chile Franz Fayot, Member of Parliament, Luxembourg
Laws and regulations are essential. Their everyday effects are felt everywhere: building safety, reliable transport and safe drinking water to name just a few. But as policy makers better understand the importance of regulatory quality, the world has become more complex. The pace of technological changes and the unprecedented interconnectedness of economies leave governments unsure of what and how to regulate. The latest edition of the Regulatory Policy Outlook provides evidence of how 39 economies deal with the quality of their laws and regulations, highlights countries’ good regulatory practices and identifies areas for improvement.
Regions and Cities at a Glance Rudiger Ahrend, Head, Economic Analysis, Statistics and Multi-level Governance Section, Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities, OECD
“OECD Regions and Cities at a Glance” examines indicators for individual regions and cities in over 40 countries to assess disparities within countries and their evolution. It takes a look at how regions and cities in each country fare in terms of well-being conditions and socio-economic trends, considering regions as drivers of national competitiveness, population dynamics, cities and national economies, and subnational government finance and investment. This session focused on the most recent findings and recommendations, and what policies are needed to address disparities.
A closer look: Consultation on regional trends Anthony Gooch, Director of Public Affairs and Communications, OECD
13.45 - 14.30
14.30 - 16.15
Future of Work Anthony Gooch, Director of Public Affairs and Communications, OECD Andy Wyckoff, Director for Science, Technology and Innovation, OECD Monika Queisser, Head of Social Policy Division and Senior Counsellor, Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs, OECD Anthony Mann, Senior policy advisor for vocational education and adult learning, Directorate for Education and Skills, OECD Discussants: Olga Givernet, Member of Parliament, France Peter Persyn, Member of the Flemish Parliament, Belgium Don Davies, Member of Parliament, Canada Giorgio Jackson, Member of Parliament, Chile Sibel Arslan, Member of Parliament, Switzerland
Technology outlook: The use of blockchain in the public sector Angela Hanson, Policy Analyst, Observatory for Public Sector Innovation, Public Governance Directorate, OECD Discussant: Eva Kaili, Member of the European Parliament
Observatory of Public Sector Innovation (OPSI) is a forum for shared lessons and insights into the practice of innovation in government, including uncovering and making sense of emerging trends and technology. In 2018, OPSI published Blockchains Unchained, a primer for public officials on blockchain. It includes an overview of the technology, the case for public servants to build knowledge and capacity around blockchain, and a review of use cases and potential impacts in government. OPSI shared a short overview of the report’s findings.
Technology outlook: Opportunities and challenges of artificial intelligence Karine Perset, Policy Analyst, Digital Economy Policy, Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation, OECD
The OECD is putting significant efforts into work on mapping the economic and social impacts of AI technologies and applications and their policy implications. This includes improving the measurement of AI and its impacts, as well as shedding light on important policy issues such as labour market developments and skills for the digital age, privacy, accountability of AI-powered decisions, and the responsibility, security and safety questions that AI generates.