In line with the objective of strengthening Argentina’s insertion into the global arena, during the past few months substantial steps have been taken towards strengthening and expanding the country´s participation in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
During the last OECD Ministerial Council Meeting, held in Paris last June, the Argentine Foreign Minister, Susana Malcorra, and the Minister of Finance, Alfonso Prat-Gay, sent a letter to the Secretary-General of the OECD, Ángel Gurría, reaffirming Argentina´s intention of increasing its participation in the Committees and Working Groups, with the aim of obtaining a new status in the Organization.
OECD member countries have considered the Argentine request to approach the organization as very positive. In fact, OECD officials visited Buenos Aires recently on two working missions with the aim of analyzing proposal alternatives for Argentina’s participation. The meetings were attended by officials from the Foreign Ministry, the Office of the Chief of Cabinet of Ministers and from eight other Ministries (including the Ministries of Finance; Education; Labour, Employment and Social Security; Science and Technology; Justice; Agro-industry; Modernization, and Production).
The OECD is an international economic organization that has assisted countries in the improvement of their public policies since 1961. Its efforts are centered around understanding what drives economic, social and environmental change; to such end, it sets international standards. This organization, which is currently comprised of 35 countries from all five continents, describes itself as an “organization helping governments tackle the economic, social and governance challenges of a globalized economy.
Unlike other international organizations, the OECD does not provide loans, funding or resources to fund investment. Instead, it offers knowledge and advice for the enhancement of public policies and for the promotion of good governance.
Strengthening and expanding Argentinean’s role in the OECD will enable our country to meet its own political goals and objectives more promptly and effectively through progress, for instance, in the professionalization and improved transparency of public procurement systems; the promotion of national innovation systems; the fight against corruption and the implementation of more competitive education programmes, among other important fields.
These are the first steps taken towards strengthening Argentina’s ties with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in order to enhance the quality of Argentine public policies by comparing them with the highest international standards.
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