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10/22/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 10/23/2019 02:17

OECD Events in Bogota, Colombia on 24-25 October 2019

22/10/2019 - OECD Secretary General Angel Gurría will lead a high-level official visit to Bogota, Colombia on 24-25 October.

During the visit, Mr Gurría will hold bilateral meetings with Colombian President Iván Duque, Vice-President Marta Lucía Ramírez, Minister of Hacienda and Public Credit Alberto Carrasquilla and Minister of Information and Communication Technologies Sylvia Constaín. He will also meet government officials, private sector leaders and participate in a range of OECD-organised events taking place in Bogota.

Thursday 24 October

Mr Gurría will present the latest Economic Survey of Colombia, in the presence of President Duque and Minister Carrasquilla. The Survey assesses recent developments in the Colombian economy as well as the reforms needed to make economic growth stronger and more inclusive. Requests to receive the Survey by e-mail under embargo should be sent to [email protected].

Immediately following the Survey launch, Mr Gurría and President Duque will deliver keynote addresses from 9:45 a.m. at the International Conference on the Policy Uses of Well-being and Sustainable Development Indicators in Latin America and the Caribbean. The conference - co-sponsored by OECD, the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, the European Commission and the Government of Colombia - will bring together statisticians and policy makers, as well as academics and representatives from civil society and the private sector, to share perspectives from all stages of the policy process on how to maximise the use of multidimensional indicators for improving people's lives in Latin American and the Caribbean.

Friday 25 October

Mr Gurría and Vice-President Ramírez will open at 8:00 a.m. the Third Ministerial Productivity Summit: Harnessing the digital transformation to boost productivity in Latin America and the Caribbean. The event - jointly organised by the National Planning Department of Colombia and the OECD, in partnership with the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) - will address the challenges posed by slow and diverging productivity growth across the region, as well as how the digital transformation can be a factor in renewed productivity growth.

Immediately thereafter, Mr Gurría and Minister Constaín will present a related OECD Review of Digital Transformation, Going Digital in Colombia, which assesses the country's current level of digital uptake and preparation, then lays out a roadmap for building an integrated digital policy framework. Requests to receive the Review by e-mail under embargo should be sent to [email protected].

Colombia was invited in 2018 to become the 37th member of the Organisation (see press release). Colombia's membership will take effect after it has completed its domestic procedures for ratification to the OECD Convention and deposited its instrument of accession. As part of its accession process to the OECD, Colombia underwent in-depth reviews by 23 OECD Committees and introduced major reforms to align its legislation, policies and practices to OECD standards, including on labour issues, reform of its justice system, corporate governance of state-owned enterprises, anti-bribery, trade as well as establishing a national policy on industrial chemicals and waste management. Colombia's accession will extend the OECD's membership to 37 countries. It will be the third member country from Latin America, joining Mexico and Chile. Costa Rica is currently in an accession process.

For further information on the OECD events in Colombia, journalists can contact Carolina Ziehl (+52 55 3147 4020) of the OECD's Mexico Centre, or Lawrence Speer (+33 1 4524 7970) in the OECD Media Office in Paris (+33 1 4524 9700).

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