Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)

May 2, 2024
Prime Minister Kishida Shaking Hands with Mr. Cormann, Secretary-General of the OECD (Photo: Cabinet Public Affairs Office)
Meeting between Prime Minister Kishida and Mr. Cormann, Secretary-General of the OECD (Photo: Cabinet Public Affairs Office)

On May 2, commencing at 9:35 a.m. local time (4:35 p.m. Japan time) for approximately 15 minutes, Mr. KISHIDA Fumio, Prime Minister of Japan, who was attending the OECD Ministerial Council Meeting (MCM), received a courtesy call from Mr. Mathias Cormann, Secretary-General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The overview of the meeting is as follows.

  1. Prime Minister Kishida thanked Secretary-General Cormann for his cooperation in organising this year's MCM, and stated that this MCM will develop the discussion that will contribute to promote cooperation under the main theme of 'Co-creating the Flows of Change'.
  2. Prime Minister Kishida also stated that engagement with the non-member countries is the important agenda for this year’s MCM and that the recent progress in the engagement with Southeast Asia is of great significance for both the OECD and Southeast Asia. Prime Minister Kishida said that he is pleased with the OECD’s decision to open accession discussions with Indonesia.
  3. Secretary-General Cormann, expressing his appreciation for the Japanese leadership in the field such as climate change, digital and AI, stated that he would like to ensure this year’s MCM’s success together with Japan, the chair country, and that the OECD will strengthen its collaboration with non-member countries, especially with those of Southeast Asia, and work together with Japan toward the expansion of its membership.
(Reference) OECD Secretary-General Mathias Cormann’s biography
- Born in Belgium in September 1970 (age 53). He is currently an Australian citizen.
- Served as Australian Minister for Finance from 2013 to 2020.
- Became the 6th OECD Secretary-General in June 2021.

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