OECD confirm ‘local agenda’ Kilkenny meeting

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has announced details of its ninth annual meeting, part of which will take place in Kilkenny.

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has announced details of its ninth annual meeting, part of which will take place in Kilkenny.

A meeting of the LEED Forum titled ‘Implementing change: A new local agenda for jobs and growth’ will take place in Dublin and Kilkenny over two days and is part of Ireland’s Presidency of the European Union. Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton will open the event along with Yves Leterme, deputy secretary-general of the OECD.

Edward Blakely, the ‘recovery czar’ for New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina and honorary professor of Urban Policy at the University of Sydney, will present on local development in the post-crisis economy.

“This meeting will facilitate unique networking opportunities for organisations and projects, both local and international, to share information on innovative ways to support job creation and economic development,” said Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan.

The event includes a number of high level plenaries, parallel workshops to dig deeper into the issues, a local networking session, as well as on-site visits to local innovative projects.

Over 200 international representatives will attend. The event will be of interest to government officials at national, regional and local level, local leaders and business representatives, social entrepreneurs, trade unions, local partnerships, and researchers and academics and registration is now open.

“This is a unique opportunity for the OECD to bring international best practice in job creation and local growth policies to Ireland as part of the Irish Presidency, and have a positive impact on Irish policy making”, said Sylvain Giguère, Head of LEED Division, OECD.