Final-year Commerce/Law student Arthur Wang will explore how OECD nations can build resilient economies in the face of uncertainty at an international forum in Paris next month.

Arthur will attend the Organisation for Economic Cooperation & Development Annual Forum thanks to sponsorship from Global Voices, a non-profit organisation that provides young people with opportunities to engage in international policy.

Joining a delegation of five young Australians, Arthur says he is keen to meet heads of state and discuss the potential of social impact government bonds to promote the well-being of OECD nations.

“I will be talking about how these bonds can be scaled across the OECD members and how they work as an incentive for people to invest in not-for-profit organisations.

“Attending this forum will allow me to put my skills and knowledge of economics and development into practice,” he says.    

Arthur recently returned from pre-departure briefing activities in Canberra, where he met with Prime Minister Tony Abbott, Leader of the Opposition Bill Shorten and the Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop, to learn about Australia’s policies on OECD matters.

He leaves for Paris on 1 May and will publish a research paper following the forum on how OECD nations can promote employment and inclusive growth.

The OECD is an international organisation comprising 34 countries with the aim of improving the economic and social well-being of people around the world. The Annual Forum, which runs from 5-6 May, brings together a range of stakeholders to discuss the most pressing issues on the international agenda.

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