A special MENA session on regional learning experiences was held in Paris, 5 May 2009, to discuss the Joint Learning Studies with Morocco, Yemen and Jordan.
Speaking at the governance forum of the third MENA-OECD ministerial meeting, Mr. Gurría noted that sound regulations and efficient public services are essential for better functioning private markets. He added that governments should ensure integrity, transparency and accountability by modernizing legal frameworks and encourage a more inclusive economy, an economy empowering women.
In the context of the economic crisis, reforms can become an effective vehicle for sustained recovery but governments must find the right balance between an effective regulatory and institutional framework and minimising unnecessary red tape. Moreover, governments cannot reset the economy on their own and the contribution of the women and the private sector will be crucial, according to the OECD Secretary-General.
Opening this event in Marrakesh, Angel Gurría underlined that the economic crisis has not spared the MENA region, with a significant economic contraction and a severe impact on the labour markets. According to the Secretary-General, the MENA-OECD Initiative can serve as a model for effective co-operation in building the global economy of the future.
The Aid for Trade at a Glance 2009: Maintaining Momentum report presents the results of the second monitoring exercise of the Aid for Trade Initiative and documents its success so far.
The 2009 African Economic Outlook focuses on Innovations in Information and Communication technologies. It also presents a comprehensive analysis of the economic, social and political developments on the continent.
Mauritius, Morocco, Costa Rica and Peru have become members of the Development Centre. Their engagement confirms the Centre’s role as a unique forum where OECD and emerging economies come together to share their experience of economic and social development.
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Mr. Nizar Baraka, Deputy-Minist
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Significant regulatory reforms have taken place in the service sectors of Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and Morocco over the last decade, but a broad range of restrictions still remain.
The MENA-OECD Investment Programme seeks to mobilise investment—foreign, regional and domestic—as a driving force for growth, stability and prosperity throughout the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. This programme is part of the MENA-OECD Initiative on Governance and Investment for Development (www.oecd.org/mena).