Estonian president meets with OECD sec-gen in Paris

  • 2020-10-11
  • BNS/TBT Staff

TALLINN - Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid, who is currently on a working visit to France, met with Secretary-General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Jose Angel Gurria on Friday afternoon.

Topics discussed at the meeting included the current global economic situation and recovering from the crisis, global tax policy, development of digital services and cooperation between the OECD and non-member states of the organization.

"The OECD must offer high-level fact-based analysis for its member states, the goal of which is to expedite economies' adaption to major changes we are facing this year as well as over the coming decades. The OECD is a value-based organization bringing together developed and democratic states. In addition, however, the OECD also has an important role as a platform for shaping common policies for other influential economies that are not members of the organization," Kaljulaid said after the meeting. 

The Estonian head of state underscored that while the OECD is a think tank by its nature, the organization's biggest asset is its capability to spread best practices with the purpose of seeing them implemented in practice.

"This is the only way we can serve our common goal -- improving the well-being of people," Kaljulaid said.

The president was on a three-day working visit to Brussels, Luxembourg and Paris where she met with EU and NATO leaders, the prime minister of Luxembourg and the OECD secretary-general.