Abe eyes key OECD speech in Paris

Kyodo

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Wednesday he would like to attend a ministerial meeting of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development slated for May in Paris.

“Japan is to chair the ministerial council meeting (of the OECD). If circumstances allow, I would like to go to Paris and deliver a keynote speech” during the May 6-7 session, Abe told a symposium in Tokyo held to mark the 50th anniversary of Japan’s accession to the club of wealthy nations.

The prime minister said the 34 OECD members, which include the United States and European nations, as well as emerging economies, will discuss how to strengthen economies and make growth felt more widely in society under the main theme “resilient economies and inclusive societies.”

“It is important to have the ability to recover from shocks swiftly as we live in a world where risks can spread fast,” he said.