The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) is a diverse region whose development potential has yet to be fully realised. These countries benefit from a privileged geographic location situated at the crossroads of Europe, Africa and Asia; a young and increasingly educated population; and great potential in sectors such as renewable energies, manufacturing, tourism, and business development services.

Over the past decades MENA countries have implemented reforms to increase economic openness, diversification and private sector development. The MENA-OECD Initiative on Governance and Competitiveness for Development was initiated and is led by countries in the region. The Initiative promotes broad reforms to enhance the investment climate, modernise governance structures and operations, strengthen regional and international partnerships, and promote sustainable economic development throughout the MENA region.

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MENA-OECD Initiative—Steering Group Meeting

Governance and Competitiveness Reforms for a More Inclusive and Resilient Region

19 March 2018 | OECD | Paris 

In the current global context of renewed economic growth, the MENA region has not yet reached its full potential to create wealth and provide better opportunities for its young population. Drawing on shared experiences from MENA and OECD countries, the discussions focused on building more competitive economies in the region and ensuring that adequate governance arrangements result in more inclusive and resilient societies.

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