Delivering prosperity: OECD ministerial council meeting 2006

OECD Observer

The short-term economic outlook; how to ensure economic stability and improve economic performance; how to implement economic reforms for growth and employment; the follow-up to last December’s WTO ministerial meeting in Hong Kong-China; and the future strategic direction of the OECD; these are the main topics for discussion at this year’s OECD Ministerial Council Meeting (MCM) in Paris on 23-24 May 2006.

“Delivering prosperity” will be the overarching theme of the meeting, which is the summit in the OECD calendar. Kostas Karamanlis, prime minister of Greece (see editorial in this edition), will chair the discussions which will be held at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Quai d’Orsay.

Selected emerging and developing countries have been invited to send representatives to some sessions of the meeting. In parallel, participants are expected to join discussions at the OECD Forum 2006, which brings together leaders of governments, business, labour, civil society and the media to debate the issues on the ministerial agenda.

At the end of the MCM, 24 May, Secretary-General Donald J. Johnston will complete his second five-year term and will formally hand over office to his successor, former Mexican finance minister, Angel Gurría, who was appointed in November 2005.

The 2005 MCM was chaired by Sweden’s prime minister, Göran Persson. See "Making globalisation work for all"

©OECD Observer No 255, May 2006 

Economic data

GDP growth: -9.8% Q2/Q1 2020 2020
Consumer price inflation: 1.3% Sep 2020 annual
Trade (G20): -17.7% exp, -16.7% imp, Q2/Q1 2020
Unemployment: 7.3% Sep 2020
Last update: 10 Nov 2020

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