The mission of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) is to promote policies which will improve economic and social welfare throughout the world. Created in 1961, the OECD, which is based in Paris, is currently made up of 34 Member States. 

OFCOM and the OECD

The State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) assumes the leadership role for all Swiss activities concerning the OECD. Reflecting its areas of competency, OFCOM for its part coordinates the activities of Switzerland within the Committee on Digital Economy Policy (CDEP). The specific mission of this Committee is to draw up policies which:

  • stimulate the growth of a digital economy which is accessible, innovative, open, inclusive and trustworthy, in the service of long-term prosperity and welfare;
  • exploit the potential of ICT, in particular the internet, as well as digitalisation, in order to achieve key socio-economic goals such as improvements in productivity, the creation of opportunities for new jobs, contributing to reducing the impact on the environment and improving health and the quality of life in general.

As a Member of the Bureau of the CDEP, Switzerland in particular is collaborating closely in the preparations for the next ministerial meeting of the CDEP. This will take place in June 2016, in Mexico, and will be entitled “the digital economy: innovation, growth and social prosperity”.

Activities and structure of the OECD

The OECD uses the large amount of information available to it on various subjects to help governments to combat poverty by supporting economic growth and financial stability.

Through its work monitoring new facts relating to Member States and other countries, the OECD produces economic forecasts for the short and/or medium term. The secretariat collects and analyses the data, whilst the committees assess the progress made in specific areas of activity by the public authorities. Finally, the Council makes the decisions and the governments implement the resulting recommendations.

The OECD also cooperates with non-member countries, international organisations and institutions and civil society.

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Last modification 17.05.2016

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