The Deauville Partnership and the OECD
The Deauville Partnership was launched in May 2011 as an initiative of the then G8 to support Arab Countries in Transition in their reform efforts to build stable, prosperous and inclusive economies.
The Deauville Partnership includes:
- Arab Countries in Transition (ACTs: Egypt, Jordan, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia, and Yemen)
- G7 members
- International and regional financial institutions and the OECD
- Regional partners (Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates)
The OECD has been a key actor in this process, facilitating policy dialogue in the context of Senior Officials’ Meetings as well as the IFI Co-ordination Platform, which it has been chairing since April 2016. In addition, the OECD is providing hands-on support for reform implementation in all 6 ACTs through MENA Transition Fund projects.
Support for the implementation of the Compact for Economic Governance and Near-Term SME Action Plans
Prepared with OECD support and adopted in May 2015 under the German G7 Presidency, the Compact for Economic Governance is a strategic document that provides ACTs with a policy framework for reform efforts in priority areas, namely macroeconomic stability and structural reforms, public sector efficiency, private sector development, and inclusive policy-making.
Compact for Economic Governance: Overall Objectives, Pillars and Policy Areas
The OECD was mandated by Deauville Partners to support ACTs in the implementation of the Compact. With the support of the German Foreign Office, baseline Stocktaking Reports have been prepared for Egypt, Jordan, Morocco (English | French) and Tunisia (English | French) The reports describe progress in reform implementation since 2011 across the four dimensions of the Compact as well as outstanding challenges and policy recommendations for the short to medium term.
In addition, the OECD has also supported the development and monitoring of Near-term SME Action Plans in ACTs, which were prepared in 2012. An update on the status of those Plans was presented in November 2017.
The MENA Transition Fund
Since 2011, the Partnership has mobilised through the MENA Transition Fund, political and financial support for reforms aimed at enhancing macroeconomic stability and promoting good governance, job creation, economic diversification and social cohesion. The OECD is a key partner of this important endeavour.
The OECD’s contribution
Building on its experience, best practices instruments and standards, the OECD is implementing projects under the MENA Transition Fund as an Implementation Support Agency (ISA) in the following areas:
- good and open governance and the rule of law
- fairer and more transparent tax systems
- a more conducive environment for investment and SME development
- greater participation of women and youth in policy making
- Enhancing the Investment Climate in Egypt, through Equal Access and Simplified Environment for Investment and Fostered Investment Policy, Legal and Institutional Framework
- Strengthening the Rule of Law: Enhancing effective and transparent delivery of justice and rule-making
- Towards inclusive and open governments: Promoting women’s participation in parliaments and policy making (Egypt Activities)
- Jordan Open Government Partnership National Action Plan
- Jordan Competitiveness and Investment
- Supporting Jordan to Improve SME Policy Effectiveness through Better Coordination, Consultation, Monitoring
- Support Jordan’s Ongoing Decentralisation Efforts by Promoting Good Governance and Open Government Policies and Practices with a Focus on Municipalities
- Towards Inclusive and Open Governments: Promoting Women’s Participation in Parliaments and Policy-Making
- Youth in Public Life - Towards Open and Inclusive Youth Engagement
- Improving Connectivity in the Maghreb
- Towards Inclusive and Open Governments: Promoting women’s participation in parliaments and policy making (Morocco Activities)
- Supporting Open Government and Anti-corruption Reforms
- Youth in Public Life: Towards open and inclusive youth engagement (Morocco Activities)
- Operationalizing Public Private Partnership
- Set-up of Tunisia Investment Authority
- Enhancing Domestic Resource Mobilisation through Effective Tax System Design and Improved Transparency and International Cooperation
- Strengthening the Employability of Youth during Tunisia's Transition to a Green Economy
- Supporting the Design and Implementation of Economic and Social Reforms for Inclusive Growth in Tunisia through Capacity Building in Statistics, Monitoring and Evaluation
- Towards inclusive and open governments: Promoting women’s participation in parliaments and policy making (Tunisia Activities)
- Youth in Public Life: Towards open and inclusive youth engagement (Tunisia Activities)
- Building Institutional Capacity for Recovery and Reconstruction in Yemen
- Reinforcing the rule of law: Developing the capacities of the judiciary in Yemen