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Mitsotakis proposes Diamantopoulou as OECD Secretary General

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Following a gathering of Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis with former EU commissioner and minister and now President of the Network for Reform in Greece and Europe, Anna Diamantopoulou, the Greek premier proposed her as a candidate for the place of Secretary General of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), rather than Angel Gurria.
George Prevelakis will stay as Greece’s everlasting consultant to the OECD.
“In conditions of pandemic, global economic turmoil, security issues and new challenges such as migration and climate change, the role of international organisms acquires a critical dimension. Much more so when we talk about the OECD, the a preeminent body for the cooperation of states with the aim of peace and common development,” Mitsotakis mentioned after the assembly, quoted in a press launch by the Greek prime minister’s workplace.
He added that Greece was a founding member of this essential organisation. He reminded that former interim Greek premier and economist Xenophon Zolotas, first proposed it in its present kind. “It is a joy that 60 years later, our country for the first time in its history, poses candidacy for its leadership. And the country proposes for the position of OECD General Secretary a worthy Greek woman: Anna Diamantopoulou,” Mitsotakis mentioned. “Mrs. Diamantopoulou is a choice across party lines, with multidimensional scientific and social carreer. With international experience and recognition. But also action in areas such as Education, Employment, New Technologies and the Environment. That is, issues that belong to the first line of interest of the OECD for the 21st Century,” Mitsotakis mentioned.
“Her personality has been associated with bold choices, big consensus and Innovative proposals: As European Commissioner she honoured the Portfolio of Employment and Social Policy. As Minister of Education she was the protagonist of teachers reforms in our country. And as Minister of Development she worked for modernisation of our economy,” the Greek premier mentioned, noting that for eight years she heads the Network for Reform in Greece and Europe, a pioneering Institute, which focuses on the reforms required by the Fourth Industrial Revolution, having worldwide collaborations on four continents. Mitsotakis burdened that Diamantopoulou is essentially the most appropriate candidate for the place of Secretary General of the Organization Economic Cooperation and Development.
For her half Diamantopoulou acknowledged that Mitsotakis’ choice to appoint her is a superb honour and accountability. “The process of electing a Secretary General is a contest between states and important personalities, for noble and important goals. The path to the goal itself is worth our organised joint effort,” Dimamantopoulou mentioned. “The world after the pandemic must be more open to cooperation and solidarity between countries and prevent conflicts, exclusions and discrimination. Greece can become a co-shaper of developments in international organisations, uniting national forces, exploiting advantages and persons and securing international alliances. And that is exactly what we will try to achieve,” she mentioned.
Of the 37 OECD member states, 22 are additionally members of the European Union, whereas 4 extra are European (Switzerland, United Kingdom, Norway and Iceland).
It is famous that the present General Secretary, Gurria, comes from Mexico whereas the his predecessor, the Canadian Donald J. Johnston, was additionally of American descent continent, occasions that strengthen a candidacy from Europe. “By projecting a well-founded and ambitious vision for the OECD, the Greek candidacy presents a renewed, meritocratic, dynamic Greece, looking to the future that embraces reforms that bring prosperity and progress for all. The personality of Mrs. A. Diamantopoulou is offered to incarnate such a narrative. Thanks to her long political career, which includes management of diverse portfolios, and its studies that go beyond the narrow economic specialisation,” the prime minister’s workplace mentioned, including that if elected, Diamantopoulou could be an amazing success for Greece.

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