6 March 2018 Press release

Foreign Minster Karin Kneissl: "The OECD is an important source of ideas on strengthening international economic and social standards"

Foreign Minster receives OECD Secretary-General, Jose Angel Gurria, in Vienna

Foreign Minster Karin Kneissl voiced her appreciation of the work carried out by the Paris-based Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) to mark the visit of Secretary-General Jose Angel Gurria.

"The central questions regarding politics, economics and society are increasingly negotiated where states engage in mutual dialogue – namely in multilateral organisations. This is particularly true of the OECD. That is why Austria will continue to build on its cooperation with the organisation and deepen its involvement in the individual specialist fields,"

Karin Kneissl stated after the meeting.

 In January of this year, responsibility for the intra-state coordination of OECD matters was transferred from the Austrian Federal Chancellery to the Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs.

"Assuming these duties was a personal ambition of mine. I have just used my first visit to France to meet with OECD experts. The organisation has exceptional experience in defining economic framework conditions,"

Karin Kneissl said. At the Foreign Minster's request, the OECD will prepare a concept describing how it can support Austria in developing its foreign trade strategy.

 Within the OECD, governments discuss their experiences and work to improve the coordination and coherence of national and international economic policy. The OECD's work focuses on investment, competition, anti-corruption measures and whistleblowing, tax issues, development and education. Currently, the organisation's main concerns are shifting towards cooperation with key international assemblies of states, such as the G20, as well as closer collaboration with major economic powers like China.

"We also want to utilise this expertise to define our own foreign policy priorities,"

Kneissl stated afterwards with regard to the new focus on Asia being pursued by the Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs, which is currently in development.


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