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Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) draws together 30 member countries that share a “commitment to democratic government and the market economy”. It is best known for its publications and its statistics and its work covers economic and social issues from macroeconomics, to trade, education, development and science and innovation.

A dedicated transport section aims to provide input to policy debate on issues in the transport sector, and within this a Maritime Transport Committee claims to be the only international forum that looks at this sector from both the policy and economic perspectives. The OECD has been responsible for reports and programmes covering post-September 11 security issues, development of common shipping policies, combating substandard shipping and the availability of seafarers.

However, since 2006, the OECD has suspended its work on maritime transport with no indication of when it might be reinstated. But the real contribution that the OECD has already made to the development of the maritime industry should not be forgotten.