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									BIAC NEWSLETTER                                                                        MARCH 2007

March 2007                                                                           Volume 8, Number 1


  The OECD is at a crossroads. As an organisation of 30 member countries, the OECD now faces
unprecedented challenges in pursuing its mission under the increasingly globalised world economy.
More than ever before, non-OECD member economies are becoming world economic forces and the
world economy cannot be dealt with without referring to the dynamically expanding emerging economies
such as Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (the BRICS). At the upcoming Ministerial Council
Meeting to be held on 14-15 May, the OECD will address this issue and their deliberations will be critical
to further enhance the Organisation’s competence and global influence.

  Formed in 1961 during the cold war as a transatlantic economic alliance, the OECD represented the
economic policy bastion of market based, democratic and industrialised economies. Through economic
policy co-ordination and the promotion of trade, the OECD helped its members to achieve high growth
and employment.

   However, with the end of the Cold War,
the world economic geography has
fundamentally changed. As huge new
markets opened and an additional billion
people joined the global labour force,
globalisation has accelerated and created
strong integration and interdependence
between economies in different regions and
at various stages of development. Relative
economic weights have been shifting with
the OECD area shrinking in terms of GDP,
while dynamic emerging countries have
                                                    OECD             Countries/Economies in
become an ever more important players in            Member           Working Relationships
the global economy. If globalisation                Countries        with the OECD
continues at its current pace, OECD
members may account for only about 40%
of global GDP by 2025 compared to some 60% today. For the OECD to remain a significant force, the
Organisation must deepen its engagement with major emerging economies.

  Having anticipated the effects of globalisation, the OECD increased its enlargement efforts in the
1990s, inviting many of the emerging market economies to its policy committees – to the point of
accession for several Eastern European countries as well as Korea and Mexico. These efforts continue
today under the framework of outreach, with BRICS and others in active consultation with the OECD as
observers on several selected committees.

                                                        Over the past several months, OECD Ambassadors
      OECD Enlargement .............1                have been extensively debating the enlargement
                                                     issue in advance of the May Ministerial Council
      Taxation .............................3        Meeting. Full accession to membership is being
      Innovation .........................4          seriously discussed for several countries including
      Environment.......................4            some from the Western Hemisphere and some
                                                     European countries (who are EU members, but not
      Digital Economy ..................6            OECD), while the BRICS are in-line for some form of
      Member News ....................7              “enhanced engagement.” Given the economic,
      Calendar .............................9                                     (continued on page 2)

BIAC NEWSLETTER                                                                         MARCH 2007

                               One of my first tasks has been gaining a better understanding of ALL
                            of our members’ priorities and views. I have met with USCIB, MEDEF,
                            and our two Swiss members – economiesuisse and Union Patronale Suisse.
                            I have been visited by Norway and will meet with BDA and BDI, CBI,
                            Italy, Sweden, Slovak Republic and other member organisations in the
                            coming months. This dialogue with members is vital to ensure active
                            participation and engagement.

                               In addition to the BIAC Secretariat outreach work, increasing contact
                            from the BIAC Leadership goes a long way to help remind our members
                            of the importance of BIAC/OECD work for business. I am pleased to say
                            that the BIAC Executive Board resolved in March that they will meet
                            with members whenever travel opportunities permit.

     I look forward to discussing this and more, at our June General Assembly in Mexico City. Our
   Mexican members – COPARMEX and CONCAMIN – have been busily preparing for our arrival, and
   the Business Roundtable on Structural Reform will be an excellent opportunity to hear OECD
   Secretary-General Angel Gurría discussing the OECD work in this area. This should be an exciting
   event for all.

      Tadahiro Asami
      BIAC Secretary General

OECD Enlargement , continued

as well as political complexities involved, it is not known at this point of time precisely what will be the
outcome of the Ministerial meeting.

   With its emphasis on strengthening the competence of OECD’s peer-learning and rule-making processes,
BIAC is supportive of the general thrust of OECD strategy for enlargement. OECD should seek membership
of countries that are willing and able to take on all the obligations, and to meet all the conditions, of
membership. Such countries may include smaller economies provided that they can serve as regional
models for economic development and posses the economic policy know-how to contribute effectively
to OECD peer learning.

  At the same time, BIAC sees great importance in the enhanced engagement of countries not ready
for full membership. OECD business has become increasingly active in emerging market economies and
competitors from outside of the OECD are becoming more important global players. Enhanced engagement
may provide an excellent venue for advancing mutually beneficial discussions about how to further
improve economic environments and to ensure a global level playing field for business. Because of their
economic importance, the BRICS countries should be the main focus of the OECD.

  It should be noted that the objective of this enhanced engagement process is to improve policy-
making, as well as business standards and practices in these areas, without compromising the OECD’s
core competencies (peer learning, policy standard setting) for the sake of engagement.

  BIAC plays an important role in this enhanced engagement process through the BIAC Observer
programme. We currently have observer business organisations from India, Israel, Latvia and Russia as
well as a new observer member from Argentina. In addition, BIAC is very actively involved in OECD
outreach to non-OECD members, in particular China. For BIAC, the crossroads have been traversed,
and business is leading the way into new areas. Business stands ready to support OECD’s efforts to
expand and collaboratively address global economic challenges.

                                                               Tadahiro Asami

BIAC NEWSLETTER                                                                                    MARCH 2007


Business urges timely implementation of OECD recommendations to expedite
resolution of cross border tax disputes
   In early February, OECD released a Report of                 example, statistics produced by Canada and the United
significance for the international business community           States for 2005 and 2006 indicate that between 9%
on «Improving the Resolution of Tax Treaty Disputes».           and 20 % of the negotiated mutual agreement cases
                                                                completed during these years did not result in full
   In today’s globalised markets, efficient resolution of
                                                                relief from double taxation. In 2006, the U.S. Competent
cross border tax disputes providing relief for double
                                                                Authority received 240 requests for double taxation
taxation is a chief concern for business. As companies
                                                                relief, the highest number of new cases in several
are increasingly global, cross border taxation issues
are increasingly complex, and can result in double
taxation which acts as a real barrier to cross border              This Report follows more than three years of work,
trade and investment. Resolution of double taxation             including extensive consultation between the business
cases between two governments has historically been             community, OECD Member and Non-Member
time consuming and costly for both business and                 Governments. The Report also includes other features
governments alike, taking sometimes several years to            to facilitate resolution of tax disputes welcomed by
resolve.                                                        business, including guidance on how the current mutual
                                                                agreement procedure should work, and the
   The new OECD Report goes directly to the heart of
                                                                development of an on-line tool called the MEMAP
these problems – that is the need for a more efficient
                                                                (Manual on Effective Mutual Agreement Procedure),
resolution of cross border tax disputes through what
                                                                for both tax administrations and taxpayers, outlining
is called the Mutual Agreement Procedure (MAP), the
                                                                procedures and best practices related to tax dispute
dispute settlement mechanism under tax treaties for
the resolution of cross border tax disputes between
tax authorities.                                                   From now, BIAC urges swift implementation of the
                                                                OECD recommendations into tax treaty protocols by
   Most significant to this point, the Report contains
                                                                governments, which will constitute the real success
an OECD recommendation that governments include
                                                                of the OECD initiative. Business encourages
a binding arbitration procedure as a supplemental
                                                                governments to take heed of this important Report
dispute resolution mechanism in their tax treaties as
                                                                and its recommendations, and looks forward to the
part of the MAP, for cases that remain unresolved
                                                                increased cooperation and efficiencies that may result.
beyond two years from the start of the MAP process.
This new procedure to engage independent arbitrators               For more information, please contact Nicole Primmer
will effectively guarantee                                      (
that a timely resolution will
be achievable that will         Stockholm Tax Meeting, 28-29 May
resolve double taxation
problems in a principled           The Confederation of Swedish Enterprise will host a BIAC OECD Tax Conference
manner  .                       addressing “Tax Efficiency and Business Reorganization — Designing Pro-growth
                                Tax Systems”, in Stockholm, on 28-29 May. The meeting will bring together
   Ultimately this will save
                                experts from business, OECD and government, to address the impact of business
both time and money for
                                taxation on efficiency and growth, including: impact of taxes on the supply of
business. Implementation
                                labor and capital; impact of taxes on the development and growth of SMEs;
of arbitration into the tax
                                and a discussion on business reorganisation.
treaty protocols between
countries will be a
significant step in reducing
                                Washington Tax Meeting, 4-5 June
impediments to a more
                                   The United States Council for International Business (USCIB) and BIAC in
efficient dispute resolution
                                cooperation with a number of US business organisations, will again host an
                                OECD Business event on “New OECD International Tax Initiatives: Looking Ahead.”
   As highlighted by the        This meeting is designed to better inform and engage US and international
OECD, both the number of        business on the range of OECD international tax projects. Panels will address
cross-border disputes and       current OECD projects relating to transfer pricing, tax treaties, business
the complexity of the cases     restructuring, international tax administration issues including discussion on the
involved have increased,        FTA Intermediaries project, attribution of profits to a PE, and cross border
and unresolved issues have      services issues.
become more frequent. For
BIAC NEWSLETTER                                                                              MARCH 2007


Innovation for growth to be addressed at OECD Ministerial Council

   One of the key themes of the May 2007 OECD               an area in which OECD as a multi-disciplinary
Ministerial Council will be innovation and growth.          organisation with expertise in many different policy
In the framework of these discussions, the OECD             areas has a major role to play. Such a strategy
Committee for Scientific and Technological Policy,          could play a significant role in improving statistics
in close cooperation with a range of other OECD             and indicators to effectively measure and monitor
policy groups, will propose the launching of a major        innovation strategies and in analysing how
OECD Innovation Strategy. Considering the                   different policy areas interact with each other to
growing importance of innovation for future growth          create a favourable innovation environment.
and for addressing global challenges such as                Dialogue with non-member countries will be an
climate change and sustainable development, the             integral part of the OECD innovation strategy.
OECD could make an important contribution to                BIAC believes that while the strength of the OECD
policy making by developing a broad-based                   rests on the depth and rigour of its work, looking
Innovation Strategy and by working in several               at the interaction of policies is of particular
policy domains on innovation, entrepreneurship              importance as economies make the transition to
and the broader business environment.                       a greater knowledge dependency within the
                                                            context of an open, global market environment.
   Innovation does not happen in a vacuum.
Framework conditions conducive to innovation                  BIAC will also comment on the OECD Innovation
involve a wide range of issues, including opening           Strategy in its written contribution to the
up markets, a high-quality intellectual property            Ministerial and during our consultation with
rights system, highly-skilled human resources as            Ministers on 14 May. For further information,
well as public investment in basic research, to             please      contact     Hanni      Rosenbaum
name just a few. BIAC has therefore repeatedly              (
called for an integrated approach to innovation,


Close BIAC involvement in preparation for OECD Environment Ministerial

  In preparation for the next OECD Environment              improving resource productivity and another one
Ministerial in early 2008, which will focus on              on criteria for elaborating effective and efficient
globalisation, environment and competitiveness,             environmental policies. While OECD Council
BIAC actively contributes to the development of             Recommendations are not legally binding, they
the OECD Environmental Outlook to 2030, which               represent a high-level policy commitment by OECD
will be a key input to the Ministerial. In this             governments and have considerable standing in
context, BIAC welcomes the draft key messages               Member countries. BIAC will thus closely follow
of the Outlook, notably the call for increased              the development of these two Recommendations
cooperation between OECD and non-OECD                       to ensure that business considerations are given
countries, the call for identifying least-cost policy       due attention.
solutions to address environmental challenges and
the need to address competitiveness impacts.                   In addition, Ministers are planning to express
During BIAC's consultation with the OECD                    the OECD’s support for the UN Strategic Approach
Environment Committee on 29 March, BIAC called              to International Chemicals Management (SAICM)
upon OECD to highlight the importance of these              in a Ministerial Declaration statement; an area of
recommendations and to apply an integrated,                 importance to business as BIAC is actively involved
practical view point in the proposed analysis of            in this work through its Chemicals Committee.
environmental pressures and challenges to 2030.
                                                               We will closely follow preparations for the
   It was also announced at the consultation that           Ministerial and will keep you informed of further
in preparation for the Ministerial, OECD intends to         developments. To get involved, please contact
develop two Council Recommendations: one on                 Hanni Rosenbaum (

BIAC NEWSLETTER                                                                           MARCH 2007


First meeting of BIAC nanotechnology experts in July

   Both OECD and BIAC have significantly                 Environment Health and Safety Division and within
increased their work in the area of                      the Committee for Scientific and Technological
nanotechnology. After last year’s creation of the        Policy, we feel that it is important to hold the
OECD Working Party on Manufactured                       first BIAC meeting to discuss a forward-looking
Nanomaterials, which assists countries in                strategy on how to best contribute business views
developing tools to better address the safety            to the range of OECD nanotechnology-related
aspects of manufactured nanomaterials, the OECD          activities.
Committee for Scientific and Technological Policy
(CSTP) decided on 26 March to create its Working            The BIAC meeting will take place in Washington,
Party on Nanotechnology. The overall objective           D.C. on Monday, 9 July and will provide an
of the new working group is to create an enabling        opportunity to give members a detailed update
environment for innovation in nanotechnology and         on the range of current nanotech activities, and
to foster cooperation among countries.                   most importantly will allow BIAC members to
                                                         discuss strategic issues, including overall priorities
  Specific projects to be dealt with include work        and key messages, membership issues, and
on impact and measurement, science and skills,           coordination with other policy groups.
innovation and commercialisation, public outreach
as well as policy dialogue on the responsible               While OECD has two separate working parties
development of nanotechnology. The creation of           dealing with nanotechnology, BIAC currently
two new working parties, despite overall OECD            organises its input through one expert network,
budget restrictions, highlights the importance the       which has grown to over 50 active members within
Organisation attaches to the area of                     one year. As a group, the BIAC network works in
nanotechnology. OECD is on the forefront                 close cooperation with our chemicals as well as
addressing nanotechnology in an international            with our science and technology experts in their
context and is playing a truly unique role in this       respective BIAC committees.
                                                           If you would like to get involved in our
  In view of the sharp increase of OECD activities       nanotechnology activities, please contact Hanni
in the area of nanotechnology, both in the               Rosenbaum (

                 OECD Forum 2007 – Innovation, Growth and Equity
    The OECD Forum is a “multi-stakeholder summit” which brings together business and labour
  leaders, civil society personalities, government ministers and leaders of international organisations
  to discuss the hottest issues on the international agenda. This year's forum will take place at
  Palais Brongniart, Place de la Bourse, Paris, on 14-15 May 2007.

     Hot topics on this year’s agenda include:

     ♦     Globalisation and development: How can we better manage our water resources?

     ♦     Investment: How to ensure it works to boost innovation?

     ♦     Trade: What are the prospects for the multilateral trading system?

     ♦     Health: How to ensure innovation goes hand in hand with equity of access?

         For more information please access:

BIAC NEWSLETTER                                                                             MARCH 2007


BIAC looking ahead to the OECD Ministerial Meeting on the “Future of the Digital
Economy”, to be held in Seoul in June 2008

   BIAC Members gathered in The Hague on 15-16                A second general theme of the Ministerial will
March for the OECD ICCP Committee meeting to               be to focus on an enabling environment for the
discuss with OECD governments the planned OECD             digital economy, looking at issues related to
Ministerial on the Future of the Digital Economy,          “convergence”, “confidence” and “creativity”.
scheduled to take place on 17-18 June 2008, in             Online information security and privacy, next
Seoul.                                                     generation networks, convergence, and the
                                                           “participatory web” will be among the specific
   This Ministerial will take place 10 years after         issues highlighted by this second theme.
the OECD Ottawa Ministerial on E-commerce, and
is motivated by fact that we are at an “inflection           BIAC will organise a business event one day in
point” – that is governments want to take account          advance of the Ministerial, the results of which
of what has changed in the on-line world since             will be communicated to Ministers the following
Ottawa.                                                    day.

   While the Ottawa Ministerial focused on                    Participation to the Ministerial will include OECD
frameworks to facilitate e-commerce, the Seoul             and Non OECD Governments, business, trade
Ministerial will look to the future and address ways       unions, the technical community, civil society and
to strengthen the Internet as a source of                  international organizations.
economic and social value, and as a positive agent
of change.                                                   Looking ahead, BIAC will be actively coordinating
                                                           with the business community for this important
  At present proposed themes include addressing            event.
the Internet economy and its impact on society,
growth, productivity, social welfare, and will also           For more information, please contact, Nicole
take into consideration specific areas such as             Primmer (
environment, health, and education.


BIAC calls for international best practices in procurement

  At a consultation with the OECD and the World            relation to international best procurement
Bank on 3 April in Paris, BIAC urged these                 standards. BIAC urged that the OECD and World
organisations to step up their efforts to ensure           Bank articulate the international best practice
strong procurement practices and transparent               procurement standards, engage BIAC in the on-
public sector operations in developing countries.          going field testing of their tool with a view toward
                                                           achieving an international best practices
  The OECD and the World Bank have been                    standards, and upon completion of the initial field
developing a draft “Benchmarking and Assessment            test, undertake a comprehensive review of the
Tool for Public Procurement Systems” which is              goals and objectives of the tool.
currently field tested in 22 countries. Meeting for
the first time with officials on this project, the           Much is at stake for OECD business, including
special BIAC delegation represented several of             the integrity of public sector procurement and
BIAC's policy groups, including Governance,                contracts worth hundreds of billions of euros a
Investment, Bribery and Corruption,                        year.

  In BIAC’s view the draft tool focuses too much             For further information, please contact Dirk
on individual country’s written laws and regulations       Manske (
and provides for rather loose benchmarking of
procurement practices without any discipline or

BIAC NEWSLETTER                                                                              MARCH 2007

Member News

USCIB membership event highlights value of OECD work to US business

   “The OECD means business.” This was the theme             areas like transfer pricing and reducing double
of OECD Secretary General Angel Gurría’s message             taxation, attracts over 200 tax professionals and
to the US business community at a reception hosted           officials.
by BIAC’s member organisation, the United States
                                                                Mapping out the OECD’s agenda for the coming
Council for International Business (USCIB). Held on
                                                             months and years, Mr. Gurría said that he hoped
the occasion of Mr. Gurría’s visit to New York, USCIB
                                                             the organisation would continue to play its central
organised this membership event for both its current
                                                             role of championing open markets while helping
members, as well as potential new-members, in order
                                                             member countries address the challenges of global
to highlight the importance of the OECD-BIAC co-
                                                             integration. He warned that open trade and
operation, and to discuss how US businesses can
                                                             investment policies are under threat in a number of
engage with the OECD.
                                                             countries, both within and outside the OECD. Mr.
  Mr. Gurría, joined by Ambassador Connie Morella,           Gurría also looked ahead to increased OECD policy
the US Permanent Representative to the OECD,                 guidance to non-member economies such as China
praised the depth of BIAC’s work and American                and India, and he laid out plans for new work in
representation within BIAC, especially in areas such         promoting innovation, including an upcoming OECD
as tax, competition, technology, and the                     Ministerial on Innovation and Growth in May 2007,
environment. He also singled out USCIB members               and a Ministerial on the Internet in mid-2008.
for their staunch support of the OECD’s funding in
                                                                Mr. Asami took advantage of the visit to meet
the most recent U.S. budgetary cycle. Earlier in
                                                             with USCIB policy managers to discuss the range of
the day, Mr. Gurría and Ambassador Morella had the
                                                             American business engagement in BIAC and the
opportunity to sit down with a USCIB organised
                                                             OECD. He highlighted that providing members with
group of experts to discuss future OECD work on
                                                             timely information on OECD policies and their
                                                             implications for business is one of BIAC’s primary
  BIAC Chair Charles Heeter and BIAC Secretary               objectives, and something he views as one of his
General Tadahiro Asami were also on hand to join             managerial priorities to achieve the BIAC mission.
USCIB President Peter Robinson in welcoming Mr.              Mr. Asami considers this outreach to members vital
Gurría and Ambassador Morella.                               to ensure their active participation and engagement,
                                                             and he looks forward to working proactively with all
   In his remarks, Mr. Gurría reminded guests that
                                                             of the BIAC member organisations.
the OECD’s founding charter mandated consultation
with the business community, represented by BIAC,               A membership communications brochure was
as an essential part of the Organisation’s structure.        developed for the event with the support of Mr.
However this is not a one-way dialogue as the OECD           Heeter. This highly effective tri-fold features an
speaks to business through its international policy          overview of the OECD’s value to business, and
instruments and guidelines that are aimed to help            discusses how US business can get involved with
countries create the necessary frameworks for                USCIB, BIAC and the OECD. BIAC will work to develop
economic development and investment. Mr. Gurría              additional communications tools to assist all its
cited an upcoming conference on the OECD and                 members with their membership efforts.
tax slated for this June in Washington as an excellent
                                                               For further information about BIAC’s member
example of OECD-business co-operation. This event,
                                                             relations, contact Mark Primmer at the BIAC
the third in a highly successful series of annual
                                                             Secretariat (
events focusing on the OECD’s influential work in

     Thanks to the hospitality of BIAC's Mexican members COPARMEX and CONCAMIN, this year's
   BIAC General Assembly will be held on 14 – 16 June at the Nikko Hotel in Mexico City, Mexico. Our
   programme will begin with a Business Round Table that addresses “Structural Reforms for Investment
   and Growth”, and will also include a historical tour of Pyramids of Teotihuacán.
     If you are a BIAC Director General or Committee leader and would like to attend the General
     Assembly events, please contact Mark Primmer (

BIAC NEWSLETTER                                                                            MARCH 2007

Recent OECD Publications

                  OECD Factbook 2007 - Economic, Environmental and Social
                   OECD Factbook 2007 is the third edition of a comprehensive and dynamic statistical
                 annual from the OECD. More than 100 indicators cover a wide range of areas: economy,
                 agriculture, education, energy, environment, foreign aid, health and quality of life,
                 industry, information and communications, population/labour force, trade and
                 investment, taxation, public expenditure and R&D. Data are provided for all OECD
                 member countries with area totals, and for selected non-member economies. The
                 2007 edition includes a special focus on migration data. Available in paperback and/
or PDF E-Book from the Online Bookshop.

Economic Policy Reforms: Going for Growth, 2007 Edition
  Based on a broad set of indicators of structural policies and performance, Going for
Growth 2007 takes stock of the recent progress made in implementing policy reforms
and identifies, for each OECD country, five policy priorities to lift growth. It calls for
reforms in areas such as product and labour market regulation, taxation, pension,
income support, health and education to boost labour productivity and employment.
In addition, this issue contains four analytical chapters covering the employment
effects of policies and institutions, product market regulation and productivity
convergence, policies to strengthen competition in product markets, and factors
shaping the implementation of structural reform. Available in paperback and/or PDF E-
Book from the Online Bookshop.

                  Society at a Glance - OECD Social Indicators 2006 Edition
                    Social indicators provide a concise overview of social trends and policies while
                 paying due attention to the different national conditions in which such policies are
                 being pursued. The social indicators in Society at a Glance may be represented along
                 a two-dimensional classification. The first dimension corresponds to three main goals
                 of social policy, i.e. self-sufficiency, equity and social cohesion. The second dimension
                 corresponds to the nature of the indicators, i.e. social context, social status and
                 societal responses. This edition includes a wide range of information on social issues
                 including demography, family characteristics, employment, working mothers, out-of-
                 work replacement rates, poverty persistence, social expenditure, health care
expenditure, subjective well-being and suicides. Available in paperback and/or PDF E-Book from the
Online Bookshop.

OECD Insights - Human Capital: How what you know shapes your
  This first book in the new OECD Insights Series examines the increasing economic
and social importance of human capital - our education, skills, competencies, and
knowledge. As economies in developed countries shift away from manufacturing,
economic success for individuals and national economies increasingly relies upon the
quality of human capital. Raising human capital has emerged as a key policy priority,
particularly for low-skilled individuals, who are at risk of being left even further behind.

  Policy in this area is focusing on early childhood development, improving quality and
choice in schooling, creating excellence in tertiary education, and widening access to adult learning.
Drawing on the research and analysis of the OECD, this dynamic new book uses straightforward
language to explain how countries across the OECD area are responding to the challenge of raising
their levels of human capital. Available in paperback and/or PDF E-Book from the Online Bookshop.

BIAC NEWSLETTER                                                                                             MARCH 2007


April      13         OECD Expert Group on Incentives for Implementation of Information, Communication
                      Technologies in the Health Sector
           13         BIAC Consultation with the OECD on Corporate Governance
           16-17      OECD Committee on Consumer Policy
           16-17      OECD Workshop on Opportunities and Challenges of Fisheries and Globalisation
           17-20      OECD SIDS Initial Assessment Meeting (SIAM24)
           18         BIAC Task Force on Anti-Bribery and Corruption
           23         OECD ELSAC Consultation with BIAC and TUAC/Review of Korean Labour Law
                      and Industrial Relations Reform
           25-26      Meeting of the OECD Counterfeiting Advisory Group
           25-27      OECD Working Group on Waste Prevention and Recycling (WGWPR)
           25-27      OECD Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials (Berlin, Germany)
           27         OECD Group on Health Experts Meeting on the Economics of Prevention

May        3          OECD Working Party on Regulatory Management and Reform
           3-4        OECD Business VAT Technical Working Group Meeting
           6-7        Meeting of G8 Labour and Employment Ministers – Consultation with Social
                      Partners, Business and Trade Unions (Dresden, Germany)
           8-9        OECD Workshop on Human Factors in Chemical Accidents and Incidents (Potsdam,
           8-9        OECD ICCP WPISP Workshop on Identity Management (Trondheim, Norway)
           8-9        First meeting of the OECD CSTP Working Party on Nanotechnology (Leuven, Belgium)
           8-11       Meeting of the CIV Taxation Project Informal Consultative Group (London)
           14         Meeting of the BIAC Raw Materials Committee
           14-15      OECD FORUM 2007 “Innovation for Growth and Equity: a New Agenda for
           14-15      IEA Ministerial Meeting
           15-16      OECD Ministerial Council Meeting
           21         Meeting of the BIAC Environment Committee
           21         Meeting of the BIAC Energy Committee
           21         OECD Working Party on Indicators for the Information Society (WPIIS)
           22         OECD ICCP WPIIS-WPIE Workshop on Economic and Social Impacts of Broadband
                      Communications (London, UK)
           23         Meeting of the BIAC Task Force on Health Care and Consultation with the
                      OECD Health Committee
           23-24      OECD Working Party on the Information Economy (WPIE) (London, UK)
           23-24      OECD Global Forum on the OECD Environmental Outlook
           24-25      OECD Working Party on Communication Infrastructures and Services Policy (CISP)
                      (London, UK)
           24-25      OECD Health Committee
           28-29      OECD BIAC Meeting on “Tax Efficiency and Business Reorganization –
                      Designing Pro-growth Tax Systems” (Stockholm, Sweden), hosted by the
                      Confederation of Swedish Industries

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