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Danish chairmanship for OECD ministerial meeting 2017

Denmark has been selected as the 2017 chairman for OECD’s annual summit in Paris. Denmark has chosen to use its chairmanship role to place the focus on the opportunities and challenges of globalisation among some of the world’s leading economies.

In a time where the world’s populations and decision makers are questioning international cooperation and trade, Denmark will be working towards building a consensus about new solutions to the challenges of globalisation. This deals especially with ensuring that future globalisation can, to a greater extent than it does today, be of benefit to everyone. Denmark will also be shining the spotlight on how to improve communication between governments, citizens, private businesses and organisations.

OECD's annual ministerial meeting
OECD’s annual ministerial meeting will be held on 7 and 8 June in the OECD headquarters in Paris under Danish chairmanship, with the UK and Australia as vice chairs. The theme for the ministerial meeting will be ”Making Globalisation Work – Better Lives for All”.
The subject has been chosen to generate a debate between some of the world’s most important players with a focus on how to achieve a better division of those benefits which globalisation offers. The debate has become even more important since the dissatisfaction voiced by increasing numbers of citizens in recent years with the established world order and with international trade agreements, for example.

Danish chairmanship
Denmark will use its chairmanship to promote the international dialogue about how growth and employment rates in the OECD countries can be strengthened, and how to ensure as many people as possible benefit from the positive development. Denmark is doing this first and foremost to ensure that globalisation is placed at the top of the international agenda.
The ministerial meeting will open with a presentation of the OECD’s well-known ”Economic Outlook” analysis – the organisation’s annual assessment of global economic development. Subjects which the delegates are expected to discuss will include education policy, digitalisation and automation, social insurance systems, employment and skills as well as taxation policies.

Another important aspect will be an improvement of the trust between the world’s population and political systems – including how to promote a stronger dialogue and communication with global citizens. As chair, Denmark has highlighted the need for the OECD and its member countries to be better at conveying the economic and political consequences of globalisation and ensuring a stronger commitment to civil society, the private sector and citizens. The meeting will also focus on how support for international trade can be strengthened, so that commerce can come to benefit more citizens and private businesses than ever before.

Participation of member countries
The 35 OECD countries are expected to participate in the ministerial meeting with their ministers responsible for foreign policy, finance, economics and international trade. Alongside the member countries and OECD employee and employer associations, a broad range of international organisations and OECD’s co-operation countries (including China, India and South Africa) are expected to participate at a high level.

The Danish chairmanship will be undertaken by the Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen, ably assisted by a number of Danish ministers including the Minister for Foreign Affairs and the Minister for Development Cooperation.