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Mr  Angel  GURRÍA

Secretary-General, OECD

"Broadband infrastructures provide a fundamental communication and transaction platform for economic and social development. They help bridge urban and rural divides, improve productivity and expand employment opportunities."

Born on May 8th, 1950, in Tampico, Mexico, Angel Gurría took up his post at the OECD in June 2006 following a distinguished career in public service. From from December 1994 to January 1998, he was Mexico’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, and from January 1998 to December 2000, he was Mexico’s Minister of Finance and Public Credit.

As OECD Secretary-General, he has reinforced the OECD's role as a ‘hub” for global dialogue and debate on economic policy issues while pursuing internal modernization and reform. Under his leadership, OECD has expanded its membership to include Chile, Estonia, Israel and Slovenia and opened accession talks with Russia. It has also strengthened links with other major emerging economies, including Brazil, China, India, Indonesia and South Africa, with a view to possible membership. The OECD is now an active participant in both the G-8 and the G-20 Summit processes.

Mr. Gurría holds a B.A. degree in Economics from UNAM (Mexico), and a M.A. degree in Economics from Leeds University (United Kingdom). He is married to Dr. Lulu Quintana, a distinguished ophthalmologist, and they have three adult children.