Balancing all these elements, while promoting globalisation and delivering prosperity, requires an open and inclusive dialogue involving business, government, civil society and labour groups. This is the purpose of the OECD Forum–to forge a better understanding of the challenges, and to promote consensus on the necessary policies and their implementation.
Because of the presence of those involved in this dialogue, especially political decision makers responsible for policy implementation, there is no better environment anywhere to address these issues and the political economy of implementing reform. This is the seventh annual OECD Forum and my last as secretary-general. Each has proved to be a great success and I hope they will be continued well into the future.”
This article is the welcome message to the OECD Forum 2006 on www.oecdforum.org.
©OECD Observer No 255, May 2006