OECD Dep. Sec-General to give public lecture

22 January 2009

The University of Sydney has engaged the Deputy Secretary-General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Mr Aart de Geus, to deliver a public lecture on the global economic crisis, on 3 February.

The lecture "Problems of Today, World of Tomorrow" will see Mr de Geus, whose OECD portfolio is Political Economy of Reform, address a broad range of strategic issues arising from the crisis.

The lecture is the keynote address for the University of Sydney's International Forum series, which brings together leaders and thinkers from around the world to present views on strategic international issues.

The audience will include prominent persons from Australian government, business, students and academia.

Following the Deputy Secretary General's presentation two distinguished speakers, Mr Peter Anderson, Chief Executive of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and Mr Tim Harcourt, Chief Economist, Australian Trade Commission, will also offer their views.

University of Sydney Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence will provide opening remarks.

The OECD was established in 1961 and brings together governments of countries committed to democracy and the market economy. It aims to support collaboration that will achieve sustainable growth, boost employment, raise living standards, assist other countries' economic development and contribute to growth in world trade. Based in Paris, France, it has a membership of 30 countries and exchanges views with more than 100 other countries and economies.

The lecture will be held on Tuesday, 3 February 2009 in the WP Young Room, Veterinary Science Conference Centre, Regimental Crescent, University of Sydney.

The start time of the lecture is 4pm, with arrivals from 3:30pm.

The lecture is currently fully subscribed.

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