The MENA-OECD Competitiveness Programme (formerly the MENA-OECD Investment Programme) was launched in 2005 at the request of Middle East and North African (MENA) governments to support investment policy reforms for growth and employment in the region. Participating economies include Algeria, Bahrain, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestinian Authority, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.

The Programme convenes representatives of these 18 MENA governments, OECD member countries and emerging economies to exchange good practices in a wide range of policy areas, leveraging the OECD model of policy dialogue and peer learning. It provides a platform for dialogue with civil society, the business community and academia to collectively identify priority business climate reforms and support their implementation.


 Women in Business 2014 publication cover
Women in Business 2014:
Accelerating entrepreneurship in the Middle East and
North Africa Region




Investment policies and promotion

SME policy, entrepreneurship and human capital development

Women's entrepreneurship and economic empowerment

Business integrity / Corporate governance



Steering Group Meeting: Regional integration for inclusive growth
9 November 2015 - Rabat, Morocco

Supporting women as economic actors in the MENA region: Experts' Meeting - Project findings and policy solutions,
1 July 2015 - Paris, France

Journée MENA-OCDE pour l’investissement en Tunisie,
11 March 2015 - Tunis, Tunisia

Second Meeting of the Iraq Project Working Group, 
16-17 February 2015 - Paris, France


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Resources and Publications

ISMED: Investment security in the Mediterranean

Iraq: Improving the business and investment climate

Libya: Improving SME Policy

Business Climate Development Strategy

Energy and Infrastructure


Women in Business: Accelerating entrepreneurship in the MENA region, 2014

SME Policy Index 2014: The Mediterranean Middle East and North Africa

Business Climate Review of Egypt, 2014

Renewable Energies in the Middle East and North Africa, 2013

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