OECD: Nomination process for the election of the new Secretary General – Swiss candidate Philipp Hildebrand qualified for the third round

Philipp Hildebrand, the Swiss candidate as successor of the Secretary General of OECD, reaches according to the Chairman of the selection committee the third round. He is supported by all members of the OECD. Of the originally ten candidates entering the ring on November 1, 2020 already five have retired. The Federal Council who is convinced that the Swiss candidate is the best choice for the prestigious job and is happy with the stage success of Philipp Hildebrand and the Federal Council  fully backs the candidate also during the further selection process.

Philipp Hildebrand

During the campaign Philipp Hildebrand contacted already 22 ministers and 27 representative ministers or secretary of state and conducted bilateral discussions. Since November 1 at the start of the selection process a total of 130 bi-lateral virtual or personal discussion with the authorities of the other 36 OECD member countries took place.

Besides the Swiss candidate are still the following persons in alphabetic order in the ring; Mathias Cormann (AUS),. Anna Diamantopoulou (Greece). Ulrik V. Knudsen (Danmark) and Cecilia Malmström (Sweden).

Neben dem Schweizer Kandidaten sind auch noch die folgenden Personen im Rennen (in alphabetischer Reihenfolge): Mathias Cormann (Australien), Anna Diamantopoulou (Griechenland), Ulrik V. Knudsen (Dänemark) und Cecilia Malmström (Schweden).

The results of the third round will be published on February 10, 2021. The nomination procedure is expected to continue up to early March 2021. The taking office is scheduled for June 1, 2021.

Pro memoria: With the 37 member states and a solid network that incorporates also the big emerging economies, the OECD is considering itself as a mouth piece of a liberal economic order. OECD enhances the rules for a market driven economy with the aim to ensure a sustainable growth.

As founding member of the OECD (founded 1961) Switzerland always participated in the work of the organisation, might it be on the minister’s level or in the framework of technical discussions. For Switzerland the OECD is a reliable source for economic analysis, as well as a platform for the exchange of public politics at service for experts of the Public Administration, but as well of academic circles.