Jose Angel Gurria Trevino, Secretary General of the OECDG20G7.com
José Ángel Gurría Treviño is the Secretary-General of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development and has held this position since 2006. Treviño was born in Mexico and attended the National Autonomous University of Mexico, where he earned his degree in economics. He continued his studies at the University of Leeds and Havard University. He is not only a successful Mexican economist and businessman, but also a diplomat. Other positions Treviño has held includes President and CEO of the National Development Bank of Mexico (Nafin) and President and CEO of the Foreign Trade Bank (Bancomext). He has strongly advocated for expansion of broadband technology, especially as a Commissioner for the Broadband Commission for Digital Development. He has expressed the key role broadband plays in social and economic development, in line with a central topic of the B20 summit- the digital economy.
With the upcoming B20 Summit, Treviño is expected to bring his expertise in broadband and the digital economy to the discussions and panels regarding this important topic. He is also likely to advocate for the need to businesses to be conscious of the environment.
“We need to make growth greener, to make our economic and environmental policies more compatible and even mutually-reinforcing. This is not just a matter of new technologies or new sources of renewable, safe energy. It is about how we all behave every day of our lives, what we eat, what we drink, what we recycle, re-use, repair, how we produce and how we consume.”
“While we have put an utmost emphasis on Gross Domestic Products (GDP) as a barometer for the overall economy until now, we have not paid much attention in detecting a level of social welfare. We, as a member of the society, must now take steps to create an index to indicate other critical elements to be focused on in order to restore reliability of world statistics.”