BIAC Holds Annual Consultation With OECD Ambassadors

BIAC Secretary General Bernhard Welschke and BIAC Chair Phil O’Reilly address Secretary General Angel Gurria and OECD Ambassadors

BIAC held its annual consultation with OECD Ambassadors last month, providing an opportunity for the business community to identify priorities for the OECD agenda that affect both the private sector and governments. Senior business leaders discussed the OECD Secretary General and Ambassadors timely challenges and ways forward in global markets. This annual consultation is part of BIAC’s active advocacy with top OECD officials and governments throughout the year.

The consultation focused on outlining appropriate macro-economic and regulatory policies to strengthen growth, defending and promoting trade and investment for competitiveness, addressing tax uncertainty to boost investment, seizing the benefits of innovation and the digital economy, strengthening human capital to build dynamic inclusive economies, and including business in development and a clean environment.

A full report from the consultations can be found here.

Fostering Digital Transformation: The OECD’s Role



David Redl, Chief Counsel for the U.S. House of Representative’s Committee on Energy and Commerce, to give Keynote Address!


Fostering Digital Transformation:
The OECD’s Role

March 8, 2017

Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center

901 K Street, NW, 11th Floor
Washington, DC 20001

Program: 8:30am – 5:30pm

Cocktail Reception: 5:30pm – 7:00pm

The USCIB Foundation, USCIB’s educational arm, is teaming up once again with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and BIAC, the Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD, to host our third conference on March 8, 2017 at the Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center in Washington, D.C.

The digital transformation of our economies has revealed exciting potential for a more prosperous, productive, inclusive, and socially beneficial world. The explosion of new technologies and data-driven applications already have led to important breakthroughs across all sectors and hold promise of further advancements in ways we may not yet be able to conceive.

This year’s conference will focus on moving forward the OECD’s post-Ministerial digital economy agenda as well as its horizontal project on digitalization. We will explore how these broad-ranging OECD frameworks can help to address possible new challenges posed by changing global policy dynamics. In particular, panelists will discuss the OECD’s evidentiary base and metrics on the broader, cross-sectoral economic impact of digital transformation and relevance for the G20/B20 agendas on the digital economy. Also important, the conference will examine policies enabling digital transformation as well as consider how stakeholders that are included in the relevant OECD committees can constructively contribute to the development of OECD guidance that supports such a facilitating environment.


  • The Digital Economy and Information Society of the Future
  • Realizing the Global Commercial Benefits and Corporate Societal Responsibilities of Digitalization
  • Enhancing Trust in the Digitally Connected Ecosystem


David Redl (Keynote)

Chief Counsel, Committee on Energy and Commerce, U.S. House of Representatives

Douglas Frantz

Deputy Secretary General of the OECD

Andrew Wyckoff

Director of the OECD Directorate for Science, Technology and Industry (STI)

Anne Carblanc

Head of the OECD Digital Economy Policy Division (CDEP)

Eric Loeb

Senior Vice President of International External and Regulatory Affairs, AT&T, and Chair, USCIB ICT Policy Committee

Joseph Alhadeff

Vice President Global Public Policy, Chief Privacy Strategist, Oracle Corporation, and Chair, BIAC CDEP Committee and Chair, Digital Economic Commission, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)


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USCIB’s Shaun Donnelly Educates US Government on BIAC-OECD

Shaun DonnellyThe State Department’s Bureau of Economic and Business (EB) Affairs organized a day-long training session February 15 for sixty U.S. Government officials from nearly twenty U.S. Government agencies on how to be an effective Delegate when representing the U.S. Government at OECD committee meetings and other sessions in Paris.  State invited USCIB Vice President Shaun Donnelly to represent business and broader “stakeholder” groups on a panel that also included representatives from OECD’s Washington Center as well as former OECD Secretariat and U.S. Mission staffers.

Shaun is a former U.S. Ambassador and senior economic policy official at State with long experience in a variety of OECD meetings.  He explained the role of the OECD’s three recognized “stakeholder” organizations, the Business and Industry Advisory Committee (BIAC), Trade Union Advisory Council (TUAC), and OECD Watch representing civil society groups.

Focusing on BIAC, Shaun explained BIAC’s extensive efforts to provide constructive, real-time input from its international business members across the broad swath of OECD’s committee and working groups.  Shaun emphasized USCIBs role as “the single US business voice in the BIAC and OECD process” and reminded the staff from around the USG of USCIB’s ability to connect them with the U.S. private sector and help advance U.S. interests in the OECD.

Washington Conference to Explore OECD’s Role in Facilitating the Digital Transformation

ict_conference_boxNew York, N.Y., January 18, 2017 – How can policy makers and the business community work together to ensure that new technologies and digital applications can lead to a more prosperous, productive, inclusive and socially beneficial world? And what lessons can be learned from recent discussions and related work within the 35-nation Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)?

This is the focus of a timely conference, “Fostering Digital Transformation: The OECD’s Role,” organized by The USCIB Foundation, the educational arm of the United States Council for International Business (USCIB), March 8 in Washington, D.C.

“This will be an important forum for dialogue among technologists and policy makers to help us navigate toward a more robust, secure and inclusive digital economy,” said USCIB President and CEO Peter M. Robinson. “Following last year’s pivotal OECD Ministerial in Cancun, which recognized the digital economy as a powerful catalyst for innovation, growth and overall prosperity, the focus will be on moving forward the OECD’s ambitious agenda. We will explore how broad-ranging OECD policy frameworks can help to address new challenges posed by changing global policy dynamics.”

Topics for discussion include:

  • The Digital Economy and Information Society of the Future
  • Realizing the Global Commercial Benefits and Corporate Societal Responsibilities of Digitalization
  • Enhancing Trust in the Digitally Connected Ecosystem

Confirmed speakers for the event include:

  • Douglas Frantz, deputy secretary general of the OECD
  • Andrew Wyckoff, director of the OECD Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation
  • Anne Carblanc, head of the OECD Digital Economy Policy Division
  • Eric Loeb, senior vice president of international external and regulatory affairs, AT&T
  • Joseph Alhadeff, vice president of global public policy, Oracle Corp.

The conference, which is co-organized by the OECD and Business at OECD (BIAC), will take place at the Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center (901 K Street, NW, Washington, D.C.). More information is available on the conference website. Event sponsors and partners include AT&T, Google, Microsoft and Inside Cybersecurity.

About USCIB:
USCIB promotes open markets, competitiveness and innovation, sustainable development and corporate responsibility, supported by international engagement and regulatory coherence.  Its members include U.S.-based global companies and professional services firms from every sector of our economy, with operations in every region of the world.  With a unique global network encompassing leading international business organizations, including BIAC, USCIB provides business views to policy makers and regulatory authorities worldwide, and works to facilitate international trade and investment. More information is available at

Jonathan Huneke, USCIB
+1 212.703.5043, click here to e-mail

Public Private Collaboration Crucial for Success of Health Reforms

Addressing the OECD Health Committee yesterday, Business at OECD (BIAC) emphasized the private sector role as partner both in bringing innovative solutions in health and well-being and in intensifying public-private collaboration with OECD and governments.

Ministers from over 35 OECD and partner countries discussed the Next Generation of Health Reforms. This reflects the challenge that many countries face from the demographic transition to an ageing society and the associated increase in the burden of chronic diseases and related co-morbidities. The meeting addressed a number of topics, including ineffective health spending and avoiding waste, the opportunities offered by new health technologies, the role of health professionals and realizing the promise offered by Big Data in health.

“Health systems in OECD countries face numerous complex challenges,” stated Nicole Denjoy, chair of the BIAC Health Committee. “What they have in common is that these challenges can only be overcome through multi-stakeholder efforts. Health policies need to embrace innovation, encourage education, and foster economic growth; therefore achieving greater policy coherence will be crucial.”

Helen Medina, USCIB’s vice president for product policy and innovation, added: “With the debate over the future of the Affordable Care Act currently embroiling Washington, it’s useful to place discussions of health care affordability and effectiveness in a global context.”

In the paper entitled “Priorities and Vision for the Future of Health,” which was released during the Health Ministerial, business identifies four priority recommendations for the OECD and governments: integrating care, embracing innovation, promoting balanced nutrition and active lifestyles and investing in a healthier future. The paper, which also highlights how private-public dialogue and partnerships could inform health policies and related analysis, can be accessed here.


Fostering Digital Transformation – Registration


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If you received an email invitation from USCIB to one of our events, you already have an Events Portal Account. To activate your account, go to register online and click the “Forgot Password” link to receive your password via email. Then login and register.

If your e-mail address is not recognized, you will have to create an account with USCIB, by filling out the Online Events Registration Login Request form.

Click here to register online.

Please contact Erin Breitenbucher at 202-682-7465 or if you experience problems registering online. 


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If you prefer register by fax, email or standard mail, please click here to fill out the registration form.

Confirmation emails are sent to registrants shortly after the registration has been processed.  If you think you have registered but have not received a confirmation email, please contact Ms. Erin Breitenbucher at 202-682-7465 or to confirm that your registration has been processed


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BIAC Holds Business Day to Discuss OECD Role at G20 and B20

biac_business_daySenior business leaders from BIAC’s global membership and key OECD representatives met on December 8 at the OECD in Paris to discuss OECD’s Contributions to the G20 and the B20. The high-level panel addressed the G20 and the German Presidency and was framed by panels addressing policy topics in Employment and Education, Responsible Business Conduct/Anti-Bribery, Trade and Investment, Digital Economy, and Energy, Climate and Resource Efficiency. The day was rounded off by remarks from Frédéric Sanchez, president of France’s business association, MEDEF, and CEO of Fives.


USCIB was represented by Jonathan Huneke, USCIB’s vice president for communications and public affairs, and BIAC Vice Chair and USCIB Board Member Rick Johnston.


For more information on BIAC’s Business Day, please visit their website.

At OECD, Business Communicators Confront Challenges of Populism

USCIB Vice President Jonathan Huneke (2nd from left) and heads of communications from other Business at OECD affiliates gathered in Paris.
USCIB Vice President Jonathan Huneke (3rd from left) and heads of communications from other Business at OECD affiliates gathered in Paris

With a populist wave of anti-globalization sentiment washing over many Western countries – or threatening to do so – Business at OECD (BIAC) convened a first-ever roundtable of heads of communications from its member federations, to discuss the urgent challenge of promoting informed discussion of cross-border trade and investment with an increasingly skeptical public.

The roundtable, which took place December 7 at OECD headquarters in Paris, assembled business communicators from a dozen OECD member states, including USCIB Vice President Jonathan Huneke. They discussed common – and, in many cases, unique – challenges they face in their own countries, and brainstormed ways to push back against the rising tide of isolationist and anti-trade rhetoric.

“It’s no secret that the election results in the United States, coupled with the Brexit vote in Britain and the recent popular referendum in Italy, have dealt a stinging rebuke to pro-trade forces, both in business and government,” said Huneke. “We need to marshal the facts, and develop more compelling arguments, in favor of open markets, multilateral cooperation and greater global integration.”

Participants at the roundtable met with Anthony Gooch, the OECD’s director of public affairs and communications, as well as Adam Roberts, European business correspondent with The Economist. BIAC Secretary General Bernhard Welschke also participated. One common theme that emerged is the importance of rebutting populist anger without appearing to talk down to voters who subscribe to it.

“Angry people often behave irrationally, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t a rational basis for their anger,” Huneke noted. “We agreed on the need for policy makers to take voter unhappiness seriously and address its underlying causes, including insufficient opportunity and social safety nets in many countries. But we also know that it is our shared responsibility to develop more effective ways of helping people understand the broad, and indisputable, benefits of economic openness to society and to individuals.”

The OECD plans to hold a workshop for communications professionals involved in international trade in April 2017. More details will be shared as planning for the program develops.

While in Paris, Huneke also attended the annual Business Day at OECD, where BIAC members met with leadership and program directors from the 35-nation body to discuss a wide range of issues and priorities. Check back here shortly for a report on Business Day.

Business Welcomes OECD PISA Survey Results

OECD’s Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) is a triennial international survey which aims to evaluate education systems worldwide by testing the skills and knowledge of 15-year-old students. In 2015 over half a million students, representing twenty-eight million 15-year-olds in seventy-two countries and economies, took the internationally agreed two-hour test. Students were assessed in science, mathematics, reading, collaborative problem solving and financial literacy.

Commenting on the public release of PISA’s 2015 survey results, Charles Fadel, chair of the Business at OECD (BIAC) Education Committee said, “Employers around the world value the importance of data, and PISA, as a unique instrument in its reach and quality, is the respected influential benchmark which BIAC supports.  However, as the world continues to evolve, so must PISA. BIAC will continue to collaborate with the OECD in expanding and improving measures in other skills and areas relevant for employability, such as entrepreneurship, engineering, creativity, critical thinking, ethics and leadership.”

Education and training are top priorities for business especially in a rapidly changing dynamic work place of today.  Investment in training and access to quality education for all are essential to foster innovation and inclusive growth in our economies. PISA is an important benchmark and comparative analysis towards this goal. The link to the 2015 survey results can be accessed here.

For further information on Business at OECD work on skills and education please visit: BIAC Education Survey and BIAC Character Survey.

BIAC Trade Committee Engages with Chair of OECD Trade Committee on Business Priorities

Harbor_tradeOn November 3, 2016, Rob Mulligan, USCIB Senior Vice President for Policy and Government Affairs participated as a Vice Chair in the meeting of the Business at OECD (BIAC) Trade Committee. He also attended the OECD Trade Committee meeting later in the day. The BIAC group received a briefing from Didier Chambovey, Chair of the OECD Trade Committee, on OECD’s key work streams and responded to questions from members regarding OECD’s work on digital trade, the future priorities for the WTO, and the nexus between trade and environmental policy. The BIAC committee also discussed updating its Trade Priorities paper to address the changing global environment and to include new issues for the OECD to tackle in its work. Members provided input at the meeting and a revised draft has been circulated for input with the goal of finalizing the updated paper early in 2017. The committee also agreed to update its papers on several issues related to Colombia accession to the OECD.