A moderate recovery is underway in the major advanced economies, according to the OECD’s latest Interim Economic Assessment. Growth is proceeding at encouraging rates in North America, Japan and the UK. The euro area as a whole is out of recession, although output remains weak in a number of countries.
The creation of innovative new firms and the development of SME innovation are strongly influenced by the extent to which localities offer environments that favour the transfer of knowledge to local business and provide the other resources required for innovative firm development, including skills, finance, advice, and supply chain partners.
Education at a Glance 2013 - Country notes and key fact tables
In many respects, the reforms proposed by the Growth Commission fall in-step with many of our policy recommendations for the UK in areas such as education, innovation and the economy. However, investing more in human capital, innovation and infrastructure, like broadband, is essential to make the UK more innovative and competitive in world markets, said OECD Secretary-General.
Restoring fiscal sustainability remains a priority. But at the same time the seeds of future growth must be carefully sewn, said Angel Gurría at the launch of the 2013 OECD Economic Survey of the United Kingdom.
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Gains in female education attainment have contributed to a worldwide increase in women’s participation in the labour force, but considerable gaps remain in working hours, conditions of employment and earnings. More specific data for the United Kingdom are available in this country note.
Secretary-General Angel Gurría welcomes a network of senior officials attending the 31st Centres of Government (COG) meeting held in London. Highlights include the importance of institutions in economic reform through improved co-ordination, outreach and transparency.
The Secretary-General will be in London to attend the 31st Meeting of Senior Officials from the Centres of Government (CoG). During his visit to the UK, he will also deliver a Keynote speech at the Canning House Conference 2012: “Latin America on the global stage”, and meet with Mr. George Osborne, Chancellor of the Exchequer and Ms. Justine Greening, Secretary of State for Development.
This report aims to help environmental and other competent authorities in OECD countries to promote green business practices among small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). It analyses different ways to establish environmental regulatory requirements for facilities with low environmental risk (most of which are SMEs).