Cairo, 11 October 2009
On 11 October in Cairo, the Steering Group of the MENA-OECD Initiative gathered to finalise preparations for the 23 November 2009 2009 MENA-OECD Ministerial Conference in Marrakech, organised jointly by the two pillars of the initiative -- investment and governance.
The main focus lay on reviewing the documents for the Ministerial events in Marrakech, including the MENA-OECD Business Forum and Women Business Leaders Summit on 22 November.
A draft Ministerial Declaration, “Job Creation through Investment and Governance Policy Reforms beyond the Crisis”, calling for consolidated regional action that favours continued governance and business climate reform, was presented for discussion.
Although the economic crisis started in the OECD region and has had comparatively less of an effect on the MENA region, its repercussions can pose an obstacle to MENA countries’ capacity to attain the necessary levels of economic growth to generate sufficient employment opportunities. To face these obstacles, regional responses to promote economic growth and a dynamic business cliamte are needed.
The Steering Group meeting also addressed the Business Statement issued at the Business Forum and Women Business Leaders Summit, which includes inputs from all participants -- business leaders, private sector associations and civil society -- an is incorporated into the Ministerial Declaration.
Participants of this Steering Group meeting were also asked to elect a new chair of the MENA Investment Programme, following the March 2009 Steering Group decision to hand over the OECD Co-Chairmanship from the United Kingdom to Spain.
H.E. Dr. Mohammed Abbou, representing the in-coming MENA-OECD Investment Programme Chair, the Kingdom of Morocco, and H.E. Dr. Ahmed Darwish, representing the out-going MENA-OECD Investment Programme Chair, Arab Republic of Egypt
The MENA-OECD Steering Group panel, with (from left to right): Mr. Monkid Mestassi, Secretary-General, Ministry of Economic and General Affairs, Kingdom of Morocco; H.E. Ms. Cristina Narbona Ruiz, Ambassador, Permanent Representative, Permanent Delegation of Spain to the OECD; H.E. Dr. Mohammed Abbou, Minister for the Modernisation of the Public Sector, Kingdom of
Morocco; H.E. Dr. Ahmed Darwish, Minister of State for Administrative Development, Arab Republic of Egypt; H.E. Mr. Chris Hoornaert, Ambassador, Delegation of Belgium to the OECD and Co-Chair of the
MENA Governance Programme; Mr. Rolf Alter, Director, Public Governance and Territorial Development Directorate, OECD; Mrs. Carolyn Ervin, Director, Directorate for Financial and Enterprise Affairs, OECD
Draft conclusions of the Chairs (MENA-OECD Investment Programme)