The hushed rooms of the Château de la Muette, the Paris headquarters of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), hosted a highly anticipated meeting on 5 October. A high-profile panel addressed the ambassadors of the institution’s 38 member countries.
In addition to Australia’s Mathias Cormann, the OECD’s secretary-general, the panel included Yves Perrier – CEO of Amundi, Europe’s leading asset management company with €1,729bn in assets under management – Brendan Bechtel – CEO of the Bechtel Group, the leading US construction company – and Antony Blinken, the US Secretary of State.
The latter joined by videoconference, “but at one point, the plan was that he would come to the conference,” said the OECD… as if to emphasise the importance of the event.
Projects favouring transparency, respect for the environment and… profitability
Even though the head of US
There's more to this story
Get unlimited access to our exclusive journalism and features today. Our award-winning team of correspondents and editors report from over 54 African countries, from Cape Town to Cairo, from Abidjan to Abuja to Addis Ababa. Africa. Unlocked.
Already a a subscriber Sign In