Appointment of Next Secretary-General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)(Statement by Foreign Minister MOTEGI Toshimitsu)
March 16, 2021
- Japan welcomes the appointment of Senator Mathias Cormann from Australia as the next Secretary-General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) by the consensus among the Member countries. The appointment of Senator Cormann as the Secretary-General, who has a background in both Europe and the Indo-Pacific, is extremely significant for the OECD to further strengthen its outreach to the Indo-Pacific region, a center of global economic growth.
- The OECD, celebrating the 60th anniversary of its establishment this year, conducts outstanding evidence-based analysis and quality standard-setting in wide-ranging economic and social areas. Through these activities, the organization has contributed significantly to sustainable economic growth, development and strengthening the multilateral free trade system. Japan hopes that Senator Cormann will tackle various issues such as digitalization of the economy and the challenges arising from it as well as addressing climate change issues, including by realization of a green society, in coordination with the Member countries.
- Japan strongly supports the OECD Secretariat led by Secretary-General-elect Cormann and will continue to actively contribute to OECD efforts, working closely with the other Member countries.