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OECD TOKYO POLICY FORUM “The Role of Advanced Nations in the Global Economy” [July 21, 2006]

OECD TOKYO POLICY FORUM "The Role of Advanced Nations in the Global Economy"


Outline


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 “the Role of Advanced Nations in the Global Economy.” Thus, opinions were exchanged about the roles which should be played by national governments and companies.


Date: July 21, 2006
Organized by:
-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

Overview


In his opening speech, Mr. Nikai, Minister of METI introduced Japan’s “New Economic Growth Strategy” 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 “Challenge for New Growth.”
Dr. M. Yoshitomi: “Promotion of Innovative Growth”
Mr. H. Yajima: “Innovations in the Creation of Goods”
Mr. R. Nezu: “Fortifying the Competitiveness of the Service Industries”
Mr. T. Kitabata: “Outline of Economic Growth Strategy”

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.


Opening speech by Mr. Nikai, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan

Opening speech by Mr. Nikai, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan

Keynote speech by Mr. Angel Gurria, Secretary-General of OECD

Keynote speech by Mr. Angel Gurria, Secretary-General of OECD


Participants

Participants

Panel session

Panel session



Related Article


-OECD Tokyo Policy Forum
The Role of Advanced Nations in the Global Economy
Speech by OECD Secretary General Angel Gurria

-The Role of Advanced Nations in the Global Economy(RIETI)(Japanese Only)



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