dinsdag 11 mei 2010

Israel toegetreden tot OESO

Israel is gisteren toegelaten tot de organisatie voor economische samenwerking en ontwikkeling OESO (en in het Engels OECD).
Het was erg spannend of alle deelnemers zouden toestemmen, maar uiteindelijk  stemden ook Zwitserland, Turkije, Noorwegen, Engeland en Ierland voor toetreding van Israel en was de toetreding met alle mogelijke stemmen een feit.
Deze toetreding is voor Israel het bewijs dat het economisch erkend op de goede weg is, hoewel er wel verbeteringen zijn voorgesteld.
Maar ook steunt het Israel in de wetenschap dat het isolement, waarin het zich voelt, niet altijd aanwezig is.
Men verwacht een grote stimulans voor de economie met deze toetreding.
Israel accepted into OECD

Finance minister says new membership is 'stamp of approval', will attract foreign investments

Zvi Lavi

Published:  05.10.10, 13:16 / Israel Business

The Organization for Economic Development and Cooperation (OECD) accepted Israel into its ranks Monday during a vote, as its 32nd member.
Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz, currently in China, received an unofficial message from the organization, and an official statement will be made in Paris in the afternoon. The official invitation is to be handed to Steinitz at a convention of the OECD's finance ministers in Paris at the end of the month. Slovenia and Estonia were also accepted as members Monday. "The significance of this is huge and that is why, as a matter of fact, I decided to treat it as a top priority 10 months ago and enter into a special program to introduce Israel into the organization at a peak time," Steinitz told Israel Radio.
"It is the most respectable international club a small state like Israel can be accepted into," he added. "From what we know about other states, in the years following the acceptance there is a rise of billions of dollars in foreign investments in the state accepted."
citaat uit Jerusalem Post 10/5/10
ISRAEL WAS judged in accordance with 18 parameters set by the OECD, an organization that has its roots in the Organization for European Economic Cooperation (OEEC), founded in 1948 to help administer the Marshall Plan for the reconstruction of Europe. Thanks to years of fiscal discipline, Israel's public debt-to-GDP ratio is expected to fall to around 70 percent in coming years, compared to 90% in Germany, 96% in France, 100% in Britain, 110% in the US, 130% in Italy and a whopping 250% in Japan. Greece, with debt estimated at €156.2 billion, as well as Spain, Portugal and Ireland, the four weakest European economies, all face massive economic overhauls. Israel's inflation over the past decade is just half of the OECD average, and GDP growth has been rising steadily (a 5.5% annual average between 2003 and 2008). In addition, Israel made changes in its intellectual-property and anti-money-laundering legislation to meet OECD criteria.

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