Mathias Cormann: “C’est un grand honneur d’être nommé candidat de l’Australie au poste de Secrétaire général de l’OCDE”
“It is a great honour to be nominated as Australia’s candidate for the position of Secretary-General of the OECD.
I thank the Prime Minister for showing such faith in me.
The OECD is without any doubt one of the most consequential international economic policy and governance bodies in the world today.
Through its work over the past six decades it makes a difference to the daily lives of billions of people all around the world.
The OECD helps to improve living standards, build social cohesion, strengthen environmental performance, not just in its own member economies, but through its work in countries all around the world more broadly.
It does so by sharing information, developing policy best practice and agreeing standards and norms to help facilitate the operation of a free market and by sharing norms and standards which help to promote growth and productivity.
As we confront the economic impact of the global COVID recession, this is going to be a particularly important time in the history of the OECD.
The importance of practical co-operation has never been greater, whether when dealing with the pandemic, the challenge of climate change, education and skills needs, the promise and challenges of the digital economy and narrowing differences on taxation policy.
These are big challenges.
I have accepted this nomination because I believe I can make a real difference.
I believe I bring a combination of the right skills and experience and, perhaps, a rare perspective to an organisation made up of 38 nations from Europe, the Americas, the Asia-Pacific and the Middle East.
I have shared my life in equal measure between Europe and the Asia Pacific.
The first half in Europe, growing up in the German-speaking part of Belgium and graduating with a law degree after studies in French, Flemish and English.”