OECD TOKYO POLICY FORUM "The Role of Advanced Nations in the Global Economy"
The progress of economic globalization has made it impossible for advanced nations to compete with emergent developing nations in simple cost competition. What advanced nations should do in the future in order to overcome common problems of the world such as the sharp rise in oil prices in recent years, global warming and chronic poverty and to contribute to sustainable development in the world while maintaining their economic power is being questioned.
In light of these, we held this forum taking advantage of the visit to Japan by Mr. Angel Gurria, Secretary-General of OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development). At the forum, the Secretary-General and Mr. Toshihiro Nikai, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan delivered speeches, while Japanese experts and representatives of industrial circles attended the panel session on the theme of ‚Äúthe Role of Advanced Nations in the Global Economy.‚ÄĚ Thus, opinions were exchanged about the roles which should be played by national governments and companies.
Date: July 21, 2006
-Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Tokyo Centre
-Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI)
-Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA)
-Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI)
-Institute for International Studies and Training (IIST)
Supported by: Nihon Keizai Shimbun, Inc.
Place: UThant International Conference Hall, United Nations University, Tokyo, Japan
In his opening speech, Mr. Nikai, Minister of METI introduced Japan‚Äôs ‚ÄúNew Economic Growth Strategy‚ÄĚ aiming to achieve sustainable economic development despite the unfavorable trends of a decrease in population. Mr. Angel Gurria, Secretary-General of OECD, argued that it was an obligation of the OECD members to introduce best practice into other countries of the world and offer positive cooperation in addressing the many problems facing the world economy, including the expanding economic disparity, a sharp rise in oil prices, pension problems caused by the aging of society, WTO negotiations and climate change.
Panelists gave the following presentations at the panel session that was held on the theme of ‚ÄúChallenge for New Growth.‚ÄĚ
Dr. M. Yoshitomi: ‚ÄúPromotion of Innovative Growth‚ÄĚ
Mr. H. Yajima: ‚ÄúInnovations in the Creation of Goods‚ÄĚ
Mr. R. Nezu: ‚ÄúFortifying the Competitiveness of the Service Industries‚ÄĚ
Mr. T. Kitabata: ‚ÄúOutline of Economic Growth Strategy‚ÄĚ
The number of general participants was about 320.
Nearly ten reporters from Nihon Keizai Shimbun, Kyodo News, etc. visited the forum to collect data and the forum was reported in a feature article in the Nihon Keizai Shimbun dated July 29.
General Affairs Dept.