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A day in the life of the OECD secretary-general

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 - 04:43

May 23 - Insider's Axel Threlfall spends the day with Angel Gurria during OECD week 2012 in Paris. Finding out more about the OECD's role in the crisis what the future holds for the euro zone.

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Plus there's a meet and -- for Jordanian queen. I miss timed swap notes with Mexico's finance minister. All before moving on to launch a global growth full cost and sent out solutions to the world's problems. OECB chief and Cambodia certainly has a more varied diary than most and a network of contacts that would put FaceBook to shame. How much to his efforts add up to as Europe's debt crisis grows ever deeper to find ounce I followed him through the course of a busy day at the OECD's annual forum. I'm house today shaping up. Quote very busy that at. We've. The queen of Jordan and we have the president of Costa Rica and we have aluminum Busch Gillette who isn't hitting the women's program and the United Nations. And we of course launched the economic outlook -- -- 2012 and -- thirteen I wanted to talk to Madison number of interviews except it was a pretty busy every time I -- every time -- to cost you the adjectives that you used to describe the severity of the crises -- getting. Wilson was ignorant things. How does is gonna get. Well it's pretty bad but again the idea is that there are solutions fairways out. And that the firepower is there you just have to Muster written organized here aren't you due to signal that it. While some critics -- a talking shop for the rich man's club. The only CD says fulfills a unique mix of roles -- think tank -- full cost and service. Part social network for global policy makers it's a combination that keeps career -- ago. When the Secretary General finally finds time to sit down with me he reveals that a recent trip to Mexico ruled out one normal option for the Euro zone. -- Global currency. Tony personally curious. This is -- skills. The global currents of the flavors century but it what -- it was 34 degrees the machine up and of course. If I was giving him within the proposed that the currency of the -- did do was melting goggles and that it didn't work very well. But it doesn't take long for Korea to get back on message. We always seem to have these deciding. Ultimate some meeting of leaders that is going -- -- decide. The definitive solution. It's a bit of -- because the things don't happen like that and second because you're talking about. 27 if you're talking about -- and seventy needed dogged by the Euro. Independent. Sovereign. Democracies. It's it's not an excuse not to do and I think -- no it's not it just makes it more difficult and it takes longer to do it. There has to be a commonality of purpose. But Secretary General that the commonality of purpose so you bring the euros org. No this is not a lot of currency. These is about building you're. This is about making sure. That we'll never have. Another first world war Second World War can come out of the Europeans. And this is about. Making sure that you know hundreds of millions of people. Have a better life. And that that there integrated not only in terms of trade or in terms of investment redeemed except for. But in terms of the church for. Better better standard of living. And it's back to the often round of speeches and press says private talks and public sports. The -- finally draws to a close with a reception for delegates but never -- from Korea who has a prize giving it conduct. The winners of our human about vision. I catch up with him one lost time and I'm not the only pursuing. Career is don't -- delegates to moaning from senators but -- east title fed op. Well. They they listen. Sometimes of course there are political and the real constraints. But they listen we discuss we. Interact with them after all the old members here or that we -- working with them. It's frustrating fees sometimes. In all we never we never get frustrated -- the persevere. As Korea heads off he knows his influence will soon be put to the test European leaders meet for another make or break summit the following day. Will -- only CDs Colby heated. The only CD annual forum in Paris -- a pro full and this is Royces.

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A day in the life of the OECD secretary-general

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 - 04:43