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D A T E

30 August 1974

VISIT BY SECRETARY-GENERAL OF THE O.E.C.D,

The Secretary-General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Mr Emile Van Lennep, will arrive in Perth today to Begin a ten-day visit to Australia as a guest of the Australian Government.

After seeing mining operations in Western Australia, Mr Van Lennep will visit Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney. He · will'be accompanied by the Australian Ambassador, to the OECD, Mr R.J. Cameron, and by a senior official from the OECD

Secretariat in Paris, Mr Nicholas G. Plessz.

Mr Van Lennep last visited Australia in 1972.

In Canberra, he will call on the Prime Minister, the Deputy Prime Minister, the Foreign Minister and the Treasurer, and will have wide-ranging.discussions on economic and social issues of interest to Australia and .the OECD with other members

of the Government and senior officials. He will also meet representatives of the business community and unions.

The OECD, whose members, include 24 developed western countries, provides a forum for discussion of economic and ' social issues affecting both member and non-member countries. In recent times, it has been particularly concerned with

contemporary issues including inflation, energy resources and the protection of the environment. ·

An outline of Mr Van Lennep's'itinerary· is: Perth and the North-West of Western Australia, 30 August - 2 September; Melbourne, 2 - 3 September; Canberra, 3 - 5 September; Sydney, 5 - 8 September. ·

NOTE FOR EDITORS: Details of Mr Van Lennep8 s itineraries in . State capitals may be obtained· from the

local Foreign Affair's office. Mr P.R. Bryden, of the Department- of Foreign Affairs, who is escorting Mr Van Lennep's party, should be the point of.contact. .