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Companies can boost their stock market valuations and lower their cost of capital through improved reporting of intellectual assets and value creation strategies that overcome the limits of accounting standards. While there is an important role for governments and standard setters in underpinning such improvements, the OECD cautions against rigid standards in this complex and evolving area.
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The OECD has now taken an important step to facilitate the use of the OECD Principles of Corporate Governance. It has released a Methodology for Assessing Implementation of the OECD Principles.
This Annual Report provides an account of the actions the 39 adhering governments have taken over the 12 months to June 2006 to enhance the contribution of the Guidelines to the improved functioning of the global economy. One highlight of this reporting period was the completion of guidance for companies operating in weak governance zones.
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This draft document for discussion was prepared within the framework of Working Group 5: Improving Corporate Governance in the Middle East and North Africa of the MENA-OECD Investment Programme
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This Declaration was issued at the third meeting of Working Group 5 on Improving Corporate Governance in the Middle East and North Africa which took place in Dubai on 27 November 2006. Further information about this Working Group and the MENA-OECD Investment Initiative is available at www.oecd.org/mena/investment.
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This paper provides a discussion outline for the OECD-MENA Task Force on Corporate Governance of Banks for developing of a policy brief on corporate governance of banks in the Middle East and North Africa region, identifyingpriorities for reform and proposing concrete recommendations and policy options for implementation.
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Advancing the Corporate Governance Agenda in the Middle East and North Africa: A Survey of Legal and Institutional Frameworks
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This document contains the terms of reference of the Middle East and North Africa Task Force on Corporate Governance of State Owned Enterprises which is organised within the framework of Working Group 5: Improving Corporate Governance in the Middle East and North Africa.
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The second issue of the Investment Newsletter focuses on OECD work on preventing investment protectionism, as well as reporting on recent FDI developments and their measurement. It also reviews the results of the investment policy review of the Russian Federation and offers asummary of recent work on implementing the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises.
The UN Secretary General’s Special Representative on business and human rights, has just published a survey of the human rights practices of the Fortune Global 500 companies. The survey results include information on the Global 500 companies’ references to external instruments, including to the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises.