The annual meeting of the **Ministerial Council** of the **Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)** is scheduled to be held in Paris at OECD Headquarters on 15-16 May 2007.

A release from the OECD today advised that this year’s Ministerial Council meeting will discuss *”economic and trade issues and review ways of strengthening the involvement of non-OECD countries in the Organisation’s work.”*

Specific agenda items include: globalisation, growth and equity; innovation and growth; enlargement of the OECD and enhanced engagement with selected non-OECD countries; and future challenges for an open global trading system. In parallel, the OECD Forum 2007 ***Innovation, Growth and Equity*** will bring together leaders of governments, business, labour, civil society and the media to debate the issues on the Ministerial agenda. The 2007 Forum will take place on 14-15 May 2007 at Palais Brongniart, Place de la Bourse, Paris. *(see link below)*

Looking further ahead, on Thursday 24 May 2007, the OECD will publish the Spring edition of its twice-yearly Economic Outlook, and on Tuesday 19 June 2007 it will publish the 2007 edition of its annual Employment Outlook.