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The MENA Centre for Investment and the MENA-OECD Investment Programme brought together the 16 finalists of the MENA 100 Business Plan Competition in Bahrain.
Co-organised by MENA-OECD and the Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (CRCICA), a training workshop on investor-state dispute settlement and the development of a model investment treaty took place at CDCICA's Cairo headquarters.
Organised by the Working Group on SME Policy, Entrepreneurship and Human Capital Development, policy experts and officials met on 26 October 2009 to address initiatives and tools to support SME development in the MENA region.
Participants at the 2009 Ministerial Conference talk about maintaining investment reform momentum, promoting women's entrepreneurship, and engaging public governance to increase living standards in the Middle East North Africa region.
On 11 October , the Steering Group of the MENA-OECD Initiative gathered to finalise preparations for the 23 November 2009 MENA-OECD Ministerial Conference in Marrakech, organised jointly by the two pillars of the initiative -- investment and governance.
In preparation for the November 2009 MENA-OECD Business Forum and MENA-OECD Ministerial Conference, the MENA-OECD Business Council held its first meeting on 1 October 2009 at the OECD Paris headquarters.
The training workshop on Enabling and Sustaining Private Foreign Investment in Iraq, organised by the Ministry of Investment of Egypt and the MENA-OECD Investment Programme, took place at the OECD Paris headquarters on 6-8 July 2009.
The MENA-OECD Investment Programme participated in the Carthage Investment Forum, which was organised by the Tunisian Foreign Investment Promotion Agency, and held in Hammamet, Tunisia on 24 and 25 June 2009.
The Working Group 2 on SME Policy, Entrepreneurship and Human Capital Development held its 2nd meeting on 19 May 2009 in Barcelona, Spain, to address building capacity for entrepreneurship and SME development.
The MENA-OECD Investment Programme is working on two new initiatives aimed at private sector development in the MENA region. The MENA-OECD Business Council and the MENA 100 Business Plan Competition.