China and the OECD celebrate 20 years of co-operation; Global Ireland; Presidential visit; Coffees and conversation

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"China knows how to grow at a blistering pace," OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría said in launching the latest Economic Survey of China on 20 March. "The challenge now is to ensure that future growth occurs on a more durable and inclusive footing." 

The survey was launched at an event to mark the 20th anniversary of the OECD’s partnership with China. Since the first workshop on trade and investment in 1995, the relationship has blossomed: "Over 30 Chinese ministries and agencies have been engaged in co-operation with the OECD", writes Commerce Minister Gao Hucheng, in a brochure marking the 20-year anniversary.

Among the more visible aspects of this co-operation are the OECD’s regular surveys of China’s economy, China’s active role in key OECD/G20 initiatives such as the Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) project, and the participation of Shanghai in the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), with Shanghai students topping the global rankings in 2012. For both China and the OECD, this is a win-win relationship: the UK has launched a maths teacher exchange with Shanghai, showing that OECD members are learning from China’s experience too.


Global Ireland

Saint Patrick’s Day is the national holiday of OECD member country Ireland. Nowadays, it is quite a global event and on 17 March the Château de la Muette, the home of the OECD in Paris, turned green, making the OECD the first international organisation to do so for Saint Patrick’s Day.

It joined other global iconic landmarks such as Sacré-Coeur Basilica in Paris, the Great Wall in China, the pyramids in Egypt, the Empire State Building in New York, Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, the Spire of Dublin and many more buildings and monuments around the world. See for more spectacular images.

Greening of the OECD headquarters for Saint Patrick's Day 2015 ©OECD/Michael Dean

Coffees and conversation

Some of the world’s foremost thinkers–economists such as Thomas Piketty and Mariana Mazzucato (our photo), historians, environmentalists, writers, artists, photographers–come to the OECD to meet Secretary-General Angel Gurría and discuss world issues over a relaxing cup of coffee. The conversation then opens out into a lively discussion with a packed audience. Transcripts of these "Coffees of the Secretary General" can be read here.
Economist Mariana Mazzucato with OECD                          
Secretary-General Angel Gurría

Presidential visit

President Aníbal Cavaco Silva of Portugal paid an official visit to the OECD on 16 March 2015. 


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