The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) is a diverse region, affected by economic and political transformations, but with a potential for more and better growth. It benefits from a privileged geographic location with access to large markets; a young and increasingly educated population; and comparative advantages in several sectors such as manufacturing, renewable energies and tourism.

MENA economies are implementing reforms to improve economic growth, governance structures, diversification, employment, private sector development and integrity. The MENA-OECD Initiative on Governance and Competitiveness for Development, initiated and led by the region, supports these reforms through an inclusive and co-ordinated approach, innovative policy dialogue, links between key stakeholders, peer learning and capacity building.

The MENA-OECD Initiative covers Algeria, Bahrain, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestinian Authority, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.


22 October 2019
Paris, France
EU-OECD Regional Seminar: Investment Promotion and Facilitation in the MED Region
3 October 2019
Amman, Jordan
SME Policy Effectiveness in Jordan: User Guide launch

1 October 2019
Ramallah, Palestinian Authority

Strengthening the Palestinian Business and Investment Climate
18 September 2019
Tunis, Tunisia
OECD Competition Assessment Reviews: Tunisia Publication Launch
9 September 2019
Cairo, Egypt
National Consultation on Women's Economic Empowerment in Egypt
18-19 July 2019
Caserta, Italy
MENA-SBO Budgeting for Societal Outcomes: Gender, Youth & SDGs Budgeting

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OECD activities with the region

MENA-OECD Competitiveness Programme

Supporting reforms to mobilise investment, private sector development and entrepreneurship as driving forces for inclusive growth and employment.  

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MENA-OECD Governance Programme

Sharing knowledge and expertise, with a view of disseminating standards and principles of good governance.  

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Morocco Country Programme

Supporting 16 projects built around the strategic areas of competitiveness, public governance and social inclusion.

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G7 Deauville Partnership

Engaging in a multilateral platform providing political and financial support to Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, Jordan, Libya and Yemen with the aim of fostering good governance, civil society engagement, job creation, SME development investement, financial inclusion and women's empowerment.

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Arab-DAC Dialogue on Development

Supporting Arab providers of development co-operation in their efforts to better co-ordinate their development assistance activities.

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2019 edition now available

Read the brochure in Arabic


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