Middle East North Africa: High-level Women's Business Forum meeting


Policies and services to support women’s entrepreneurship development in the MENA region: Government and private sector responses in times of change

OECD Conference Centre, Paris, 27-28 September 2011


The meeting brought together over 70 participants, including public and private sector representatives and academia from  Algeria, Bahrain, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestinian Authority, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and Yemen and included a special contribution from the South African Businesswomen’s Association affiliated with Vital Voices. It benefitted from the participation of the Tunisia-based Centre of Arab Women for Training and Research (CAWTAR). It also brought together key international organisations, including the ILO and EBRD.

Building on previous Women’s Business Forum events which notably considered mechanisms to improve access to finance for women entrepreneurs, this meeting focused on how MENA economies can advance private sector development efforts through targeted policies and business support services for women entrepreneurs. This meeting addressed:

  • policy advocacy in the current political environment
  • improving women’s access to non-financial business support services
  • increasing women’s access to markets and information; and
  • research and data collection for developing effective and informed policies.

Meeting documents

Presentations on:

Improving access to non-financial business support services

Main findings of the reviews of selected MENA economies on policies, institutions and programmes supporting women’s enterprise

Strengthening women’s access to markets

Research and data collection: state of play and priority areas for improvement

Contact us

Any questions relating to this meeting should be addressed to mena.investment@oecd.org.


See also

The OECD-MENA Women’s Business Forum: Supporting women’s entrepreneurship development in the Middle East and North Africa since 2007 (pdf)

Overview of the OECD-MENA Women's Business Forum


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