New communications director


Anthony Gooch took up his post as director of public affairs and communications at the OECD on 1 April 2008. Before joining the OECD, Mr Gooch led the European Commission’s media and public diplomacy operations in the UK projecting the EU’s policies on global issues including climate change, trade and development.
In 2003-2006 he headed the Commission’s media and public diplomacy operations in the US from Washington DC, focusing on EU-US economic and trade relations, competition, environmental and energy initiatives, and homeland security policies. From 2002 to 2003, Mr Gooch was the EU’s Visiting Fellow to the University of Southern California Los Angeles Annenberg School, teaching and researching on globalisation.Between 1999 and 2002, he acted as the EU’s trade spokesman and special adviser to the then chief trade negotiator and current WTO chief, Pascal Lamy. His briefs included the WTO ministerial meetings in Seattle, the launch of the Doha Development Round, China’s WTO entry, free trade agreements with Latin American and African countries, and the Everything but Arms initiative. From 1995 to 1999, he specialised in EU relations with Latin America, co-ordinating the EU negotiating team to secure a global agreement and free trade agreement with Mexico.Prior to joining the Commission, Mr Gooch worked for a strategic EU public affairs consultancy and as a freelance journalist. He was educated at Cambridge University and the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris. For more, contact ©OECD Observer No 267 May-June 2008

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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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