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OECD-IEFP Symposium on Financial Education


Financial education: a possible response to the financial crisis?

OECD headquarters, Paris, France, 20 May 2009


Mr. Angel Gurría, OECD Secretary General and Mr. Xavier Darcos, Minister of National Education, National Education Ministry, France spoke to this symposium co–organised by the OECD and the Institut pour l'Education Financière du Public (IEFP).


The objective of this international event which gathered high-level officials and decision-makers around the world were to :

- highlight the importance of financial education at a global scale as one of the long-term possible response to the current financial crisis

- share experiences and international good practices including OECD instruments on financial education

- reinforce the awareness of the public and policy makers, internationally and in France in particular, on the critical role of the promotion of financial education.


Documentation and Presentations

Opening Remarks 

  • Angel Gurría, OECD Secretary-General
  • Xavier Darcos, Minister of National Education, France

The OECD project and the activities of the International Network for Financial Education (INFE)

1st Panel session: Financial education in a sound financial regulatory framework

  • Moderator: Bruno Lévesque, OECD project manager on financial education (no presentation available)
  • Xavier Tessier, Head of the International Affairs Department, French Financial Supervisory Authority - Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF), France (in French)
  • Jeanne Hogarth, Program Manager, Consumer Education and Research Section, Federal Reserve Board, United States of America 
  • Ross Jones, Deputy Chairman, Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA), Australia

2nd Panel session : Start as early as possible: financial education in schools

  • Moderator: Bernard Simler, Vice-Chair of the IEFP, France (no presentation available)
  • Chris Pond, Director, Financial Capability, Financial Services Authority (FSA), United Kingdom and Sue Lewis, Head of Savings and Investments, HM Treasury, United Kingdom
  • Koid Swee Lian, Director of Consumer and Market Conduct Department, Bank Negara Malaysia
  • Michel Pébereau, President of BNP Paribas, member of the Haut conseil de l’éducation, France (no presentation available)

Concluding Remarks

  • Pier Carlo Padoan, OECD Deputy Secretary-General
  • Gaspard Koening, Economy, Industry and Employment Ministry, France (speech not available)

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