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Australian Mathias Cormann takes over from Ángel Gurría at the head of the OECD | Economy

The new OECD Secretary General Mathias Cormann in the Australian Parliament in October 2020.
The new OECD Secretary General Mathias Cormann in the Australian Parliament in October 2020.SAM MOOY / Getty

The Australian Mathias Cormann assumed the position of Secretary General of the OECD on Tuesday from the Mexican Ángel Gurría, who has been practicing for 15 years, with the will to defend democratic principles, the rule of law and the free market economy. “We have a shared commitment to democracy, to human rights, to the rule of law, to the principles of the market economy, to equity among members, to an international order based on rules,” Cormann stressed in the act of relief.

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Although the new president has not made direct reference, that message has a clear reading in the context of the growing rivalry in the economic field, but also political between the western bloc and China, especially knowing that the United States is the main supporter of the new one. Secretary General of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). The one who until last October and for more than seven years was Minister of Finance of Australia – a country in the forefront of that rivalry – has insisted that the OECD “is a force in the world” and his responsibility is to use it in the best possible way .

Cormann also wanted to send a message to his internal detractors, knowing that one of the main problems of his candidacy was his past as a member of an Australian Government that, far from renouncing fossil fuels, has become one of the black sheep between the developed world for those concerned about climate change and its consequences. He has assured that it will be necessary to work so that the economic recovery is made “with cleaner, more sustainable growth” and so that the objective of achieving zero net emissions of carbon dioxide by 2050 is met.

Precisely on this point, the former Secretary General Gurría has not been deprived of insisting that climate change “is surely the greatest challenge we have to face in the future.” “I know that fighting the virus is our most urgent challenge, the most immediate. But the most important intergenerational responsibility is the protection of our planet. It has become our absolute priority ”, he added.

Cormann has been elected by the 38 OECD member countries for a five-year term. The best illustration of the role that the new US administration of Joe Biden wants to have in the organization after the ostracism to which Donald Trump subjected it is the appointment of James Rubin as diplomatic adviser to the new secretary general.

Rubin was the spokesperson for Secretary of State Madeleine Albright during the presidency of Democrat Bill Clinton and an aide to Biden when the current White House tenant was a senator and chairman of his Foreign Affairs committee.

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