Ploumen presents aid and trade agenda to OECD

Trade and development minister Lilianne Ploumen is presenting her aid and trade agenda today to ministers from the countries of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development. In the OECD, 34 developed countries coordinate their social and economic policy. The Netherlands is chair of this year’s Ministerial Council Meeting in Paris. ‘Our role as chair is a great opportunity for presenting our policy to a wider audience and putting our approach in the international spotlight,’ said Ms Ploumen.

The Netherlands has been one of the first countries to effectively link the policy areas aid and trade. For this reason several sessions of the Paris gathering have been combined into a single meeting. ‘Aid and trade have to go hand in hand if we want to move forward,’ the minister said. ‘So for this meeting today, we’ve put promoting industry in developing countries, corporate social responsibility and international investment together on the agenda.’ She has also asked the OECD to study global value chains and advise member countries on how to better align their current trading system and development agenda.

The OECD is a key adviser on economic policy. It also sets standards for taxation and sustainable business, which will be important in funding the post-2015 development agenda that the UN will adopt this autumn. The new agenda’s main goal will be eliminating extreme poverty worldwide by 2030.

Besides Ms Ploumen, Prime Minister Mark Rutte, economic affairs minister Henk Kamp and infrastructure and environment minister Melanie Schultz van Haegen are attending the meeting in Paris. The Netherlands’ theme as chair is ‘Unlocking Investment for Sustainable Growth and Jobs.'