Promoting investment in the Mediterranean




EU-OECD Regional Seminar: Making investment promotion work for sustainable development: Trends and practices in the Mediterranean

22-23 October 2018 | Paris, France

This regional seminar will showcase the preliminary OECD Mapping of Investment Promotion Agencies (IPAs) in the Mediterranean. The seminar will also provide a platform for exchange on good practices in order to attract quality investment and improve the role of IPA policy advocacy in business climate reforms. 

This seminar will be held back-to-back with the OECD Investment Committee and will include joint sessions with the 3rd Meeting of the OECD IPA Network.



EU-OECD Programme on Promoting Investment in the Mediterranean

The Programme supports efforts to boost the quality and quantity of investment to and within the Mediterranean region. Working in partnership with governments and institutions, it engages in regional and national actions to create more robust and coherent investment policies and strategies, including:

  • modernising investment policies
  • promoting inclusive investment strategies
  • increasing the region’s investment promotion capacities
  • building institutional capacity through peer learning
  • promoting networking between investment promotion agencies
  • enhancing public-private dialogue for more inclusive policy making
  • engaging the business sector responsibly

Programme actions build on well-established international tools and standards such as the OECD’s Policy Framework for Investment and the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises

The Programme is governed by an Advisory Group co-chaired by the European Commission and the OECD, with the participation of representatives of beneficiary countries, the Secretariat of the Union for the Mediterranean and other key regional partners.

Download the EU-OECD Programme overview: English | French | Arabic 

Past activities and reports

Investment dispute management and prevention
June 2018 | Cairo

The regional seminar held in Cairo on 26-27 June 2018 in co-operation with CRCICA gathered over 140 participants from 8 MED countries. The aim was to build capacities for dealing with and preventing investor-State disputes, in a context of ever more international investment disputes, notably in MED countries, and growing concerns globally.


Business linkages for inclusive investment
April 2018 | Beirut

The regional seminar on “Promoting Business Linkages in Global Value Chains: Policies and Tools” (17-18 April 2018, Beirut) and the national workshop on “Inclusive investment for local development in Lebanon” (19 April 2018) discussed ways to attract investment that generates linkages between multi-national enterprises (MNEs) and domestic SMEs.


Second Advisory Group Meeting
March 2018 | Paris

At the 20 March 2018 meeting, beneficiary countries and partners discussed the activities of the Programme’s first year, lessons learnt and future challenges. Participants also discussed and endorsed the proposed programme of work for the second year of implementation.


Institutional Reforms of Investment Promotion Agencies (IPAs)
January 2018 | Rabat

The regional seminar (30-31 January 2018, Rabat) provided a platform for MED and EU IPAs to exchange on their institutional frameworks for investment promotion and on-going reforms. The seminar was followed by a national workshop on “Transformation of the Moroccan Agency for Investment and Exports Development (AMDIE): Good Practices and International Perspective” (1 February 2018).


Sustainable investment and responsible business conduct (RBC) in the Mediterranean
November 2017 | Cairo

The regional seminar (6-7 November 2017, Cairo) offered an interactive platform for exchange on how governments are integrating RBC standards in their investment policies. The seminar was followed by a national workshop organised to help Egypt raise awareness of government stakeholders and support the set-up of the National Contact Point (NCP) under the OECD Declaration on International Investment.


Investment promotion: focus on incentives and territorial development
October 2017 | Paris

Organised back-to-back with the OECD Investment Committee and its Network of Investment Promotion Agencies, the regional seminar on “Making Investment Promotion Work for Sustainable Development in the Mediterranean” (16-17 October 2017, Paris) focused on the effective use of incentives and reforms to decentralise investment promotion and provided strong peer-learning impact for participants.


Legal investment reforms in the Mediterranean region
May 2017 | Tunis

The regional seminar on “Improving Investment Frameworks: a Focus on Regulatory Reforms” (16-17 May 2017, Tunis) took stock of legal reforms in the region, debated challenges to create an enabling regulatory framework, and discussed restrictions to investment and their impact on attracting investors.


First Advisory Group Meeting
March 2017 | Paris

This meeting (7 March 2017, Paris) marked the end of the inception phase of the Programme. The Advisory Group presented the key findings of the scoping missions to four beneficiary countries, while discussions focussed on fine-tuning the Programme’s objectives according to beneficiary countries’ priorities and endorsing the road map for the first-year activities.


Launch of the Programme
3-4 October 2016 | Tunis

The OECD Secretary-General launched this four-year Programme in Tunisia at the MENA-OECD Ministerial Conference on 3-4 October 2016: 


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