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The challenge of sustained growth: Jose Angel Gurria, the next president of the OECD, spoke about how Mexico should go beyond stability.



The second day of the AMERICAN CHAMBER/MEXICO'S National Convention 2005 featured as speaker of honor Jose Angel Gurria, secretary general of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Economic Development (OECD OECD: see Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. ). It was Gurria's first public appearance since his election last November.

During his discourse, Gurria assured that the challenges Mexico faces have changed. According to according to
prep.
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.

2. In keeping with: according to instructions.

3.
 the administrator, who served as Foreign Minister and Finance Minister of Mexico during the Ernesto Zedillo administration, the country has gained macroeconomic mac·ro·ec·o·nom·ics  
n. (used with a sing. verb)
The study of the overall aspects and workings of a national economy, such as income, output, and the interrelationship among diverse economic sectors.
 stability and now faces the challenge of driving economic development through its competitiveness.

"Now it's not about overcoming sexenal crises, since we have gained the culture of economic stability; that is to say, the lowest deficit, inflation, low interest rates, debt and the free flow of money," he told AMCHAM members. "Now the challenge is sustained growth and the generation of employment with productivity."

Gurria underlined the fact that the presidential candidates, rather than focusing on political anecdotes, should concentrate on presenting clear projects so that the country can revert re·vert
v.
1. To return to a former condition, practice, subject, or belief.

2. To undergo genetic reversion.
 the loss of competitiveness it has experienced, which has cost Mexico investment and employment opportunities.

The OECD's 30 member countries announced Gurria's appointment as secretary general from 1 June 2006. He takes the post in succession to Donald J. Johnston, who is retiring.

Gurria was one of six candidates for the post. An economist with a distinguished career in public service, he currently acts as adviser or board member for a number of private companies, multilateral mul·ti·lat·er·al  
adj.
1. Having many sides.

2. Involving more than two nations or parties: multilateral trade agreements.
 institutions and non-profit associations focusing on development, international finance and globalization globalization

Process by which the experience of everyday life, marked by the diffusion of commodities and ideas, is becoming standardized around the world. Factors that have contributed to globalization include increasingly sophisticated communications and transportation
.

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As a member of the team that negotiated Mexico's admission to the OECD in 1994 and subsequently as a government minister, Gurria developed close relations with the OECD, overseeing the initial years of Mexico's participation within the organization.

As secretary general he will oversee the work of the OECD's Secretariat, whose staff of 2,000 economists, lawyers and others assist governments in tracking and addressing issues relating to relating to relate prepconcernant

relating to relate prepbezüglich +gen, mit Bezug auf +acc 
 national economies and the global economic environment.

Laura Suarez Samper is editor-in-chief of BUSINESS MEXICO.
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Title Annotation:AMCHAM AT WORK; Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development
Author:Samper, Laura Suarez
Publication:Business Mexico
Article Type:Interview
Geographic Code:1MEX
Date:Dec 1, 2005
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