Next February 26, Agirre Lehendakaria Center Director and former Basque President Juan Jose Ibarretxe will take part in the conference COMPETITIVENESS FOR GROWTH IN SOUTH EAST EUROPE, hosted by OECD – Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development.

The conference (see the website) will take place in the OECD Conference Centre in Paris, France, and will gather international experts in Economy and development. Juan Jose Ibarretxe will share his own experience with the ECONOMIC TRANSFORMATION OF THE BASQUE COUNTRY in the last few decades, capable of generating sustainable human development.


n the first half of the conference potential MEASURES TO ENHANCE COMPETITIVENESS in South East Europe will be addressed in a panel discussion chaired by Marzena Kisielewska (OECD). The panel will be formed by JUAN JOSE IBARRETXE, GORAZD JUSTINEK (General Director of the Centre for European Perspective, Slovenia),ÁLVARO PEREIRA (OCDE) and ZORAN STAVRESKI (Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance of Macedonia).

After the keynote speeches (made by Nahit Bingöl, Vice Chair of OECD Territorial Development Policy Committee, Turkey, and Christian Ketels, Harvard Business School and TCI Network), the participants will discuss the following TOPICS, among others: the small size of the individual economies, their specificities and idiosyncrasies, the real BARRIERS to the development of foreign direct investment, OPTIMIZATION OF PRODUCTION in the context of global competition and competing in a sustainable way, in order to create more and better jobs.

The second half will be centered in sectorial competitiveness in the TOURISM AND FOOD areas. There will also be a round table formed by experts, such as Goran Šćepanović (Minister of Economy, Montenegro) and Marek Przeor (European Commission). The event will end with the closing remarks by PAULO VIZEU PINHEIRO, permanent representative of Portugal to the OECD and Chair of OECD External Relations Committee.

About OECD

Created in 1931, of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) gathers about 34countries. Its main goal is to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world. The OECD also provides a FORUM in which governments can work together to share experiences and seek solutions to common problems.

- DATE: February 26

- TIME: 9:00-18:30

- PLACE: OECD Conference Centre (2, rue André Pascal – 75775 Paris)