Two Governance Reform topics were the focus for discussions at this 2nd meeting of the Global Network on Privatisation and Corporate Governance of SOEs, namely SOE board nomination, functioning and evaluation; and establishing, organising and reforming SOE ownership entities.
Organised in Paris on 1 March 2010, task force discussions focused on transparency and accountability and the selection and quality of the boards of SOEs.
The MENA-OECD Task Force on Corporate Governance of SOEs will take place in Paris, France on 1 March 2010. Focus of this particular meeting will be on two governance reform topics that task force members have identified as priorities for the region: Transparency and Accountability The selection and quality of SOE boards This meeting has been jointly organised with the Hawkamah Institute of Corporate Governance with support from the
Organised in Paris on 8 December 2009, this consultation sought the views of stakeholders on the priority areas for an update of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, including needs and options for specific revisions of both the substantive and procedural provisions of this instrument.
The OECD has co-organised and participated in the first annual meeting of the Union of Arab Stock Exchanges, a regional body assembling the constituencies from all exchanges in the Middle East and North Africa region, held on 7-8 December in Cairo, Egypt.
Discussions at this meeting focused on 3 issues in response to the financial crisis that are high on the agenda in the Latin America region – the role of boards, including their role in risk management; corporate governance of financial institutions; and the need to ensure good governance of state-owned assets, including pension funds, sovereign wealth funds and state-owned enterprises.
The OECD, in co-operation with the Hawkamah Institute of Corporate Governance, has organised its fourth annual conference on "Emerging Middle East Markets and the Corporate Governance Imperative" on 9-10 November 2009, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Co-organised by OECD and ESCAP in Bangkok, this conference focused on OECD and Asian country responses to the main challenges in responsible business conduct, with a special focus on climate change, finance and education.
The first corporate governance conference organised by the Abu Dhabi Center for Corporate Governance, part of the Abu Chamber of Commerce and Industry in cooperation with the OECD served to advance the discussions on corporate governance challenges and progress in the UAE, and in particular in Abu Dhabi.
On 11 October 2009, the Task Force gathered to discuss a revised version of the Policy Brief on Improving Corporate Governance of Banks in the Middle East and North Africa region.