©Shaun Murphy

"The start-up environment is exceptionally dynamic."

"Trinity has produced more entrepreneurs than any other university in Europe."

Interview with Dr Patrick Prendergast, Provost and President, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin

"Regional authorities in Africa are now getting involved in the fight against climate change by making concrete commitments."

Interview with Jeannot Ahoussou-Kouadio, President of the Assembly of Regions and Districts of Côte d’Ivoire (ARDCI)

©Olivier Martin-Gambier

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"Electric vehicles are the only practical, affordable solution to our planet’s environmental challenges–and they are available today."

"Investing in the future while tackling youth unemployment."

Safe international trade is essential for the economic growth governments are currently seeking, but is threatened by the ever-evolving asymmetrical threat of fraud and illicit activity.

"There are many opportunities for lifelong learning available at the click of a button, so why is it that many employers still report a 'skills gap'?"

"Even marginal shifts in public policy or human resource design can have a very positive impact on an employee’s current state and healthy retirement prospects."

Integrated planning, supported by clear public policies, new technologies and ways to safeguard the environment, is the path towards sustainable mobility in cities in Brazil, as elsewhere.


"A real problem for the world economy is the location mismatch between available jobs and employees."


"The OECD and the G20 are moving in the right direction. Their goals are ambitious as they try to modernise the international taxation system. Achieving consensus on fundamental tax issues among so many countries will be a major achievement."

©Technology Agency of the Czech Republic


"The number of people employed in R&D has grown by 50% in seven years."

"Israel’s successes arise from the continuous need for and support of innovative methods, technologies, holistic water resource management and strategies for sustainably providing for the nation’s water needs."

"Turkish banks have had no difficulty accessing foreign wholesale funding."

"Social perception is a prerequisite for a level playing field among all entrepreneurs."

"Each year about one-third of all the food produced globally ends up wasted even as hundreds of millions of people go hungry."

©Societe Generale

Earlier in 2012 Frédéric Oudéa, Chairman and CEO, Societe Generale Group, met OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría to discuss the global economy, the business scene and the financial crisis. Here is an extract from their conversation. 

A world leader in phosphates and its derivatives, OCP is strongly committed to contribute to a sustainable development of agriculture in Africa and to a real green revolution on the continent.

"The BRVM is the unique stock exchange for eight countries in West Africa: Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togo."

An interview with Nina Alida Abouna, Managing Director of the Investment and Export Promotion Agency (APIEX)

Since its beginnings, the International University of Rabat (IUR) has developed into an increasingly attractive model of innovative teaching, renowned for its professionalism and rigour both nationally and internationally. 

"To strengthen fi nancial stability, a macro-prudential framework was established to ensure that counter-cyclical effects of fi scal policies by the government and further downward trend in capital markets do not affect macroeconomic stability."


An interview with Thierno Bocar Tall, CEO of African Biofuels and Renewable Energy Company (ABREC)


The Université de Sherbrooke is a part of the North American university landscape that just can’t be ignored.

Photographer: Bernard Fougères

If any word sums up today’s world, it’s definitely “instantaneous.” News spreads at the speed of light. Content is interpreted in mere seconds. Forecasts proliferate at a frenzied pace. But all this has a drawback: volatility increases. In such a context, it’s vital to take a step back. And it soon becomes clear, maintains the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, that a long-term view is more relevant than ever.


The University of Geneva addresses a challenge for the individuals and for the world.

Michael Izza, Chief Executive, ICAEW

“International tax reform demands strong national and G20 leadership, but the prize of a fair and efficient tax system is well worth the effort.” 

A view from Michael Izza, Chief Executive, ICAEW. ICAEW is a global accountancy body representing 140,000 Chartered Accountants across the world.

"Building more trust between companies and tax authorities will help inform the current public discussion of tax issues, creating a more fruitful conversation about tax policy choices for the 21st century."

Greg Wiebe, KPMG’s Global Head of Tax


Whether you are a policy maker, business leader, politician, journalist, tax authority or just a regular citizen, the issue of tax is probably high on your agenda. 


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