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SOEs are an important feature of the economic landscape in the MENA region. This report examines their contribution to industrial development, diversification, poverty elimination and the provision of goods and services. It assesses ownership and governance practices and makes recommendations to policymakers, managers and boards.
An effective procurement policy must be designed to obtain goods and services at the lowest possible price or, more generally, to achieve the best value for money. Vigorous competition among suppliers helps governments realise this objective.
The OECD welcomes the initiative by the Mexican Institute for Social Security (IMSS) to organise reverse auctions for the procurement of medicines. This is a further step forward in the fight against collusion in public procurement and the latest in a series of improvements in procurement by IMSS that have already saved the taxpayer billions of pesos.
New technologies and the dynamic effects of convergence are changing the way consumers access audio-visual content. This adds considerable uncertainty to business planning and implies the need to ensure a cautious and technology neutral approach in the design of regulation and the application of competition law. Finding ways of coping with such challenges is part of the agenda of competition policy makers.
This survey monitors and compares the investment behaviour, operating costs, and performances of the largest institutional investors in each region or country covered and analyses in greater depth the general trends observed at a national level.