Launch of the OECD Economic Survey of India
Visit of the Secretary General of the OECD, Mr Angel Gurría, for the launch of the OECD Economic Survey of India.
New Delhi, 28 February 2017
The Ambassador of France to India, H.E. Mr Alexandre Ziegler, had the honour of receiving the Secretary General of the OECD, Mr Angel Gurría, at the Residence de France on the occasion of the publication of the 4th OECD Economic Survey of India. A lively Q&A session with the attendees followed the presentation of the report.
Mr Secretary General of the OECD, dear Angel Gurría,
Dear Minister Alvaro PEREIRA
Mr Secretary of Economic Affairs Shaktikantas DAS,
Dear Colleagues of the diplomatic corps,
Ladies and Gentlemen ,
This is indeed a great honour and pleasure to have you all here today at the Residence of France in India for the launch of the OECD Economic Survey of India.
As you know, the mission of the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development is to promote policies that will improve the economic and social welfare of people around the world.
To do so, it provides a forum for governments to share experiences and seek solutions to common problems. The Organization works to understand what drives economic, social and environmental change, and set international standards in a wide range of policy areas.
In this regard, I would like to underline the tremendous work that has been done by the OECD under the leadership of its Secretary General Angel Gurría during his two first mandates. I am sure that this will continue during his third ongoing mandate, particularly with regard to the OECD’s approach to inclusive growth, a dimension that is so important everywhere, particularly in emerging countries.
Today’s mission is more specifically related to the comprehensive Survey of the Indian economy, produced by the OECD’s Economic Department.
I understand that this is the 4th Economic Survey of its kind for India and that it is the result of fruitful cooperation with the Indian Ministry of Finance.
Needless to say, valuable inputs have also been provided by various ministries of the Government of India, as well as by public, private and academic organizations.
The published document also owes its success in part to a very lively debate held on the 19th of December in Paris under the aegis of the Economic Development Review Committee. As may be recalled, Australia and Brazil were the examining countries. Since then, the Economic Department, the OECD staff, and the Indian authorities have closely cooperated to finalize the report that is being officially launched today.
I will not be entering into the details of this report, but its two main topics are worthy of note:
- Making income and property taxes more growth-friendly and redistributive;
- Achieving strong and balanced regional development.
And now, without further delay, I invite Secretary General Gurría to say a few words.
The address will be followed by a Q and A session, where I look forward to everyone’s proactive participation, perhaps even suggesting themes that could be the core topics for the next OECD Economic Survey.