Readout of Ambassador Katherine Tai’s Meeting with OECD Secretary-General Mathias Cormann

July 21, 2021

WASHINGTON – United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai today met with Secretary-General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Mathias Cormann. Ambassador Tai congratulated Secretary-General Cormann on his recent appointment to lead the OECD and expressed her hope that the United States and the OECD can continue working together to achieve shared goals.
Ambassador Tai thanked Secretary-General Cormann for the OECD’s analysis detailing the effects of anti-competitive government support on international markets and businesses. Ambassador Tai hopes the OECD’s Trade Committee and Steel Committee will continue this work – and more broadly believes the Trade Committee is an important multilateral forum for international trade deliberations.
Ambassador Tai welcomed the OECD’s leadership on international tax reform, and noted that the coordinated removal of existing digital services taxes is an important component of the OECD/G20 agreement.
Additionally, the Ambassador stated the United States’ focus on protecting worker rights and promoting internationally recognized labor rights in order to achieve inclusive and equitable growth. The two agreed to continue these conversations during the upcoming OECD Ministerial Council Meeting in October.