Mrs Carolyn ERVIN, Director, OECD; H.E. Mrs Cristina NARBONA RUIZ, Ambassador, Delegation of Spain to the OECD; H.E. Dr Mohammed ABBOU, Minister Delegate to the Prime Minister in Charge of the Modernisation of the Public Sector, Morocco; H.E. Dr Ahmed DARWISH, Minister of State for Administrative Development, Egypt: H.E. Mr Chris HOORNAERT, Permanent Representative of Belgium to the OECD; Mr Rolf ALTER, Director, OECD; H.E. Dr Mahmoud MOHIELDIN, Minister of Investment, Egypt
During this meeting of the MENA-OECD Governance Programme, held in Cairo on 11 October 2009, the main aspects of the preparation for the upcoming MENA Ministerial Conference in Marrakech (22-23 November 2009) were addressed. The discussions were also crucial to review the progress in implementing the programme of work of the GfD II, and to define the reinforcement of the Initiative in view of the strong demand for regional responses to socio-economic challenges.
This meeting was organised back-to-back with the Steering Group of the MENA-OECD Initiative for Investment, providing an excellent opportunity to reinforce the synergies and to further develop the close collaboration between the two pillars of the MENA-OECD Initiative.
In his opening remarks, H.E. Dr. Darwish thanked the OECD Secretariat for its commitment to the MENA region, and expressed his gratitude to the Arab countries for their participation in the MENA-OECD Initiative. He further emphasised the value of cooperation among the countries for implementation of policy through regional dialogue, peer advice, monitoring tools and long term cooperation with the OECD.
Shedding light on the important steps that the MENA-OECD Initiative has taken since its launch nearly four years ago, Ambassador Hoornaert of Belgium referred to the OECD as a school in which peers learn from each other and build on their experiences through mutual understanding and multilateral cooperation and underlined that the MENA programme shares this method with Arab countries.