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An Interview with OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría

Mexican economist Angel Gurría currently serves as secretary-general for the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), an international economic group dedicated to improving economic and social wellbeing worldwide.

But Gurria is best known, first as secretary of foreign affairs and, later, as secretary of finance, for restructuring his country's then-burgeoning debt at the height of a series of financial panics that plagued the Mexican economy throughout the 1990s.

Gurria sat down in his Paris office just before leaving for the World Economic Forum to talk to Newsweek’s Middle East Editor Janine di Giovanni about post-war economies, corruption and lessons learnt from the Peso.