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May 08 2014

Operation HOPE Founder John Hope Bryant in Paris for OECD Forum 2014

PARIS – May 6, 2014 – Operation HOPE Founder, Chairman and CEO was invited to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Forum 2014 to further financial dignity for an Idea Factory session and on a panel titled, “Can We Bank on Banks?”  (View the session here.)

On May 6th, the panel covered universal access to financial services in a fair, predictable and transparent manner at affordable costs - a key building block for more equitable growth. It examined how many countries look to better financial education to improve consumer financial literacy and prepare people to make the important big and even daily financial decisions that shape their economic futures. Moderated by Faisal Islam Economics Editor Channel 4, speakers joining Mr. Bryant included:

·         Bjarni Benediktsson, Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs, Iceland

·         Diane Coyle, Professor of Economics, University of Manchester; Director Enlightenment Economics

·         Guillermo de la Dehesa, Chairman, Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

·         Dennis Snower, President, Kiel Institute for the World Economy

During the Idea session on May 5th, Bryant focused on unemployment rates and the difficulty employers have filling millions of jobs and the inability to find enough skilled talent has become a key concern. He was able to network and share ideas about how Operation HOPE is using two initiatives – Global Dignity and Project 5117, to address self-reliance, job creation and inspiring individuals to succeed.

Bryant’s longtime role in the global economic development community, and his ability to illustrate the needs of the underserved through financial dignity make him a key contributor to the OECD Forum, which has emerged as a major international stakeholder event.  His travel supports HOPE Global Initiatives, a program which concentrates on improving the quality of life through economic empowerment, entrepreneurship and dignity in communities outside of the United States.

OECD Forum 2014, entitled Resilient Economies for Inclusive Societies, is organized around three cross-cutting themes: Inclusive Growth, Jobs, and Trust, exploring the multifaceted nature of resilience and how to now “bounce forward” in addressing economic, social, and environmental challenges. Since 1961, the OECD has focused on helping governments in Europe and elsewhere seeks solutions to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being.

Held in Paris each May to coincide with the annual OECD Ministerial Council Meeting, the OECD Forum brings together ministers, business, labor, civil society and academia to share policies and ideas to recommend policies designed to improve the quality of life.

About Operation HOPE, Inc.

Founded in 1992 and headquartered in Los Angeles, CA, the organization leads the way in financial dignity through financial literacy and education tools. It has operated through its four core portfolios to provide youth and adult financial literacy, economic preparedness, digital empowerment, promoted home ownership, and assisted with foreclosure prevention to more than 2 million individuals, families and small-business owners.  Last year the organization began its next phase in the fight for economic justice and will focus on Project 5117, until 2020. It is a multi-year initiative that will track and increase business role models for youth, boost credit scores for adults, and empower underserved communities.  See www.operationhope.org or join the conversation at #P5117.