Bundeswirtschaftsminister Altmaier trifft neuen OECD- Generalsekretär Cormann in Berlin

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Mathias Cormann, the new Secretary-General of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), today met with Federal Economic Affairs Minister Peter Altmaier as he made his inaugural visit to Berlin. On 1 June, the former Australian Minister for Finance had taken up his new office as head of the OECD. The focus of the talk was on cooperation on key forward-looking issues.

Federal Minister Altmaier said: “It’s a great pleasure for me to welcome Mathias Cormann personally in Berlin now that he has taken up his new office. The OECD, an important pillar of multilateralism, helps us to develop a joint response to global challenges such as the economic situation in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, climate change mitigation, fair trade or the digital transition.”

Headquartered in Paris, the OECD is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. The organisation already has 38 members. The OECD Secretary-General is unanimously appointed by the member states for a period of five years. Mathias Cormann is the first head of the organisation to represent the Asia-Pacific region.