Mr. Angel Gurría, OECD Secretary-General in Washington

April 10-13, 2014 - Mr. Angel Gurría, Secretary-General of the OECD, will be in Washington from 10 to 13 April 2014, to attend the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors (FM&CBG) meetings and the IMF/World Bank Spring Meetings. At the G20 FM&CBG meetings, the Secretary-General will deliver OECD contributions to the discussions on “Global economy and Growth Strategies” and on “Investment”.

While in Washington, Mr. Gurría will also hold bilateral meetings with several US senior officials, attend a meeting of the Global Commission on the New Climate Economy and launch with World Bank President Jim Yong Kim a new OECD/World Bank publication “Making Innovation Policy Work - Learning from Experimentation”.

US Teens Score Above Average in OECD’s PISA Problem-Solving Test

April 1, 2014American students perform above average when it comes to problem-solving skills according to a new assessment carried out by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). 85,000 students from 44 countries and economies took the computer-based test for the first time as part of the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA). Problems involving real-life scenarios were used to measure the skills young people when faced with everyday problems, such as setting a thermostat or finding the quickest route to a destination.

Urgent action needed to tackle rising inequality and social divisions, says OECD

March 18, 2014The United States continues to have higher levels of  inequality than most OECD countries, driven by rising gains by the wealthiest 1% and greater poverty among the poorest Americans, according to a new report by the OECD, 'Society at a Glance 2014'. Gains by the wealthiest Americans have been accompanied by rising poverty and by increasing economic insecurity among the poorest Americans. The relative poverty rate in the U.S. is 17.4%, compared to an OECD average of 11.1%. Only Chile, Israel, Mexico and Turkey have higher poverty rates than the U.S. | See U.S. and Canada-specific analysis.

OECD Appoints Former U.S. Trade Official as Head of Its Washington Center

March 17, 2014 - The 34-nation Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development has appointed Carol J. Guthrie, the former Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Public Affairs and Media and Senior Advisor to the U.S. Trade Representative, to lead its Washington Center with responsibility for the United States and Canada. Guthrie brings more than a dozen years of government, international policy, and media experience to the post which she takes up on March 17. She succeeds Jill A. Schuker who remains with the Center in a senior advisory role. Guthrie has previously served as Communications Director for the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance, covering a wide range of issues including domestic and international tax policy, trade, health care, and entitlement programs. Before that she served as the Communications Director for U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, now the Chairman of the Finance panel. Guthrie also spent seven years as a television news producer for multiple network affiliate outlets in Washington DC, Baltimore, and Birmingham, Alabama. The OECD Washington Center – with its focus on relations with the United States and Canada – is one of four regional offices for the Paris-based OECD. Other centers include Tokyo, Mexico City and Berlin.

G20 GDP growth slowed slightly to 0.8% in fourth quarter of 2013

March 17, 2014 - Quarterly Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the G20 area grew by 0.8% in the fourth quarter of 2013, down from 0.9% in the previous quarter, according to preliminary estimates. In Canada GDP growth remained unchanged at 0.7%. GDP growth slowed in the United States to 0.6% compared with 1.0% in the third quarter.

Statement by the OECD regarding the status of the accession process with Russia & co-operation with Ukraine

March 13, 2014 - Further to a meeting of its governing Council on 12 March 2014, the OECD has postponed activities related to the accession process of the Russian Federation to the OECD for the time being. At the request of the Members of the Organisation, the Secretary General has informed the Russian Federation accordingly. OECD Member countries also agreed that the OECD should respond positively to Ukraine's request to further strengthen existing OECD-Ukraine co-operation to take advantage of the OECD's expertise to address the public policy challenges it faces.