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Tere OECD (Eng: Hello OECD)

- Estonia has a conservative macroeconomic policy and that is one contributing factor for us being invited to accession talks with OECD, said Estonia's Chief Negotiator on the accession to OECD Marina Kaljurand as e-focus met her in connection with this year's reception - jointly arranged by the Nordic Council of Ministers' Office in Tallinn, and the Swedish, Finnish and Danish Chambers of Commerce in Estonia - commemorating Estonia's Independence Day.

Headquartered in Paris, OECD - the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development provides a setting where governments compare policy experiences, seek answers to common problems, identify good practice and coordinate domestic and international policies.

Supporting sustainable economic growth, boosting employment, raise living standards, maintain financial stability, assist other countries' economic development and contribute to growth in world trade are major issues on top of OECD's agenda.

Currently OECD has 30 member countries. Sweden belongs to one of the twenty countries originally signing the OECD Convention and Sweden joined the organization September 28th, 1961.

The forerunner of OECD was OEEC - the Organization for European Economic Co-operation, formed in 1947 to administer American and Canadian aid under the Marshall Plan for the reconstruction of Europe after World War II. Its headquarters were established at the Ch√Ęteau de la Muette in Paris in 1949.

OECD took over from OEEC in 1961. Since then, OECD's focus has progressively broadened to include a growing number of other countries, in addition to its 30 members. It now shares its expertise and accumulated experience with more than 70 developing and emerging market economies around the world.

OECD's founding Convention is still very valid and calls on the organization to assist sound economic expansion and contribute to growth in world trade on a multilateral, non-discriminatory basis.