Governments and the private sector in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) recognise that corruption is a real threat to the political stability, economic development and social cohesions of their countries. Participants at the 2012 Steering Group meeting of the MENA-OECD Investment Programme agreed that promoting business integrity would be part of the Programme's main directions for the 2013-2015 cycle of work.
The MENA-OECD Business Integrity Network supports business integrity by:
- Facilitating policy dialogue between governments, private sector, and international partners and raising awareness of international integrity standards;
- Studying measures taken by governments and by private sector to promote business integrity, identifying good practices and promoting their use at the regional level;
- Building capacity of the governments and private sector practitioners necessary to implement business integrity measures through training and pilot projects.
The Network refers to the OECD standards, such as the Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Officials in International Business Transactions, and other instruments as benchmarks for business integrity work in the region. The Network applies the OECD working methods of evidence-based policy dialogue, peer reviews, and mutual learning, in its activities.
Publications and references
Practices to Strengthen Business Integrity in the MENA Region / Arabic version
OECD Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions
OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises
OECD Principles on Corporate Governance
OECD Guidelines on Corporate Governance of State-Owned Enterprises
OECD CleanGovBiz Initiative
United Nations Convention Against Corruption
Anti-Corruption in Egypt: Policy Assessment for the Business Climate Development Strategy
Siemens Integrity Initiative
UNDP Regional Project on Anti-Corruption and Integrity In the Arab Countries
Center for International Private Entreprise
Basel Institute on Governance