Greece, OECD to draft reform programme to boost growth: Tsipras

Greece, OECD to draft reform programme to boost growth: Tsipras

ATHENS - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Wednesday announced plans to work with the OECD to draft a programme of reforms to boost growth in the debt-laden country, which is hoping to renegotiate its bailout commitments.

The programme will be based "not on what was previously decided but on popular mandate," he told a news conference after meeting Angel Gurria, head of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

Tsipras said it would also be anchored in the government policies presented to parliament on Sunday, which included a raft of social measures that would break the conditions of the bailout if implemented.

"I will be in Paris soon to officialise this cooperation and agree on the steps to take," he said.

Gurria said the OECD was "here to work with and for Greece," adding: "Our message is, count on the OECD to implement your programme."

Tsipras was quick to reassure ordinary Greeks angry over perceived intervention from Germany and the EU that "this isn't someone from abroad coming here and telling us what to do."

"We have aims in common with the OECD and we can cooperate closely to realise these aims," he said.

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