The 73rd Session of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED), Directing Committee took place at the OECD Headquarters in Paris on 15-16 November 2018. During the proceedings, CEO of Pobal, Denis Leamy was appointed Chairperson of the Committee starting 1 January 2019. The Committee includes representatives of 33 national governments.

Pobal is Ireland’s delegate to the OECD Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED) Directing Committee. The mission of the LEED Programme is to contribute to the creation of more and better jobs through effective policy implementation, innovative practices, stronger capacities and integrated strategies at local level. Following the appointment of Denis Leamy, CEO of Pobal as Chairperson of the LEED Directing Committee, Dr Deiric O’Broin Chairperson of the Pobal Board said:

“While there have been improvements in Ireland’s social and economic landscape, there are still a number of areas that require targeting of funding supports and collaborative solutions to enable inclusive communities. Pobal, as Ireland’s delegate to the OECD Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED) Directing Committee, has played a central role in the dissemination of key learnings to relevant stakeholders within Government Departments on effective policy implementation, innovative practices and integrated strategies at a local level.  This appointment underpins Ireland’s commitment to ensuring the implementation of best practices and new policy initiatives in terms of employment and social inclusion.”

Lamia Kamal-Chaoui, Director of the OECD Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities, said:

“Ireland has traditionally played a leadership role in the experience-sharing process that takes places within the LEED Committee. It has been inspiring for other governments to learn about approaches put in place in this country to foster inclusive growth at the local level. I trust Pobal’s CEO, Mr Denis Leamy, will contribute to stimulating exchanges within the Committee going forward.”

Mr Leamy’s chairmanship will take place at a crucial time where labour markets across the OECD face disruptive issues such as automation, digitalisation, migration and ageing, forcing policies to adapt to new situations at the local level. Mr. Leamy will help implement a new programme of work, which directly tackles these questions.

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Pobal works on behalf of Government to support communities and local agencies toward achieving social inclusion outcomes. Pobal does this by managing funding and providing supports for relevant Government funded programmes.

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