MENA-OECD Business Integrity Network Meeting


"Enhancing Integrity for Business Development in the MENA Region"

18 April 2016 - Paris, France

The MENA-OECD Competitiveness Programme brought together anti-corruption policy-makers and practitioners from governments and the private sector in order to exchange experiences and identify good practices to improve integrity in business across the Middle East and North Africa. This meeting of the MENA-OECD Business Integrity Network, held in the context of the 2016 OECD Integrity Week, placed particular emphasis on the development and implementation of better integrity standards and corporate responsibility frameworks by both the public and the private sectors. The discussions contributed to defining the strategic orientations for the new mandate covering the period 2016-2020, including priority work areas and methods in the field of anti-corruption and integrity.

Participants included over 60 representatives from MENA and OECD governments, private sector and civil society organisations as well as multilateral agencies. The meeting was opened by Deputy Secretary General Douglas Frantz, Kamel Ayadi, Minister of Civil Service, Governance and Anti-Corruption (Tunisia) and Annika Markovic, Ambassador of Sweden to the OECD.

The discussions were substantive and contributed to shape an ambitious agenda for the next five years. One key motto was the promotion of integrity as a vehicle for enhancing competitiveness and promoting stronger, cleaner and fairer growth in the MENA region. Participants identified concrete actions to level the playing field for doing business in the region, including that between state-owned or controlled enterprises (SOEs) and other private firms. Another priority is to increase private sector engagement in the fight against bribery and corruption by defining joint projects and a common agenda.

Finally, participants underlined the necessary contribution of the MENA-OECD Competitiveness Programme to enhance public-private dialogue and foster “reform coalitions” in support of pro-integrity and anti-corruption efforts in countries.





Meeting Documents:

•  Meeting Agenda: English | Français | Arabic

• Conclusions: English

• Keynote speeches:

 - OECD Deputy Secretary-General, Douglas Frantz
 - Ambassador Annika Markovic, Sweden 

Event Photos (via Flickr)

Related Links:

• OECD Integrity Week 2016, Paris, 18-22 April
• OECD Integrity Week 2014, Paris, 17-21 March


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