Investment and Trade


MENA-OECD Conference on Promoting Quality Infrastructure Investments in the MENA region

19-20 March 2019 | Cairo, Egypt

This regional policy dialogue raised the awareness of policy makers in the MENA region to the importance of promoting quality infrastructure investments for sustainable and inclusive economic growth. Providing a regional platform for high-level exchange between policy makers, the private sector and other stakeholders, the conference:

  • promoted a shared understanding around the issue of quality infrastructure investments in MENA
  • exchanged experiences of recent policy actions in MENA economies and share good practices from OECD countries in promoting private investments in quality infrastructure
  • identifed strategic policy actions in MENA to further enhance the socio-economic outcomes from infrastructure investments
  • facilitated dialogue between governments, private sector and multilateral development partners to support MENA countries to promote quality infrastructure


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Investment and trade represent an important opportunity for economic development of the MENA region, if accompanied by sound policies that enable quality job creation and prosperity for society at large. 

While the situation varies among MENA economies, most are now undertaking reforms to promote and facilitate investment and exports. To boost growth and generate jobs through investment and trade, further efforts should be made to:

  • increase trade facilitation and investment security
  • support integration into global production and distribution networks
  • provide evidence-based analysis to ensure there is a right balance between national objectives and openness
  • improve policy coherence at all levels to ensure co-ordination, good governance and inclusiveness



Read the latest report from the MENA-OECD Competitiveness Programme: Enhancing the legal framework for sustainable investment: Lessons from Jordan (2018)

About the MENA-OECD Working Group on Investment and Trade

The Working Group on Investment and Trade, chaired by Japan and Jordan, was launched in September 2017 to help foster policy dialogue and analysis on trade and investment interconnections. Building on relevant OECD policy and statistical tools, the Working Group works to improve policy orientations, implementation and evaluation. Its main activities include:

  • facilitating dialogue among policy makers on trade and investment interconnections and ways to maximise benefits for MENA economies
  • collecting and analysing statistical trends
  • monitoring reforms and impact to enhance policy coherence
  • improving co-operation with all stakeholders and national co-ordination
  • helping integrate regional and global value chains 

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