April 23, 2008

What's happening at the OECD

Ministers to Discuss Environment and Global Competitiveness

from 28-Apr-2008 to 29-Apr-2008

Environment Ministers from OECD countries as well as from Chile, Estonia, Israel, Russia, Slovenia – countries that are candidates for OECD membership – and Brazil, China, India, Indonesia and South Africa have been invited to discuss cost-effective environmental policies that also bring economic and social benefits.

OECD ministers to discuss climate change, trade and global economy at annual meeting, Paris, 4-5 June 2008

from 04-Jun-2008 to 05-Jun-2008

The economic impact of climate change, rising food prices and a broad range of other trade, growth and development issues will be discussed at the OECD’s annual ministerial meeting in Paris on 4-5 June 2008. France, represented by Christine Lagarde, Minister for the Economy, Industry and Employment, will chair the meeting, with Mexico and Switzerland as Vice-Chairs.

Official visit of the Secretary-General to Sweden

from 22-Apr-2008 to 23-Apr-2008

During his official visit, Angel Gurría met with Swedish government officials and gave a lecture at Stockholm School of Economics on "Tax and Growth: What direction should Sweden take?".

More flexibility in labour market policy management would boost growth, says OECD


OECD governments could boost economic growth and help create jobs if local agencies and authorities had more power and autonomy to adjust employment and training programmes to meet local needs, concluded OECD employment ministers.

OECD Financial Markets Committee calls for fundamental reform of financial markets


Fundamental reform of the financial system and its regulation is needed to address the issues highlighted by the current financial markets crisis, according to the OECD Financial Markets Committee. Priority should be given to private sector initiatives to speed up the recovery of financial markets but government intervention may be needed.

Klaus Schmidt-Hebbel appointed OECD Chief Economist


Klaus Schmidt-Hebbel has been appointed Chief Economist of OECD. A national of both Germany and Chile, he joins OECD after twelve years as Chief of Economic Research at the Central Bank of Chile.

OECD countries stay open to commercial investments by sovereign wealth funds


OECD countries are committed to keeping their investment frontiers open to sovereign wealth funds (SWFs) as long as these funds invest for commercial, not political ends. That is the message in a letter from OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría to G7 Finance Ministers detailing a common OECD position on policies towards sovereign wealth funds.

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