Investment Security in the Mediterranean



Infrastructure is a key element of the business environment and a generator of employment. Yet in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, increasing demand for infrastructure is obstructed by declining private investment in major projects due to global economic conditions and regional political uncertainty.

About the ISMED Support Programme

The Investment Security in the Mediterranean (ISMED) Support Programme seeks to increase private infrastructure investment in the Southern Mediterranean region by providing advisory services to governments on reducing the legal framework risk of specific projects and conducting public-private policy dialogue on broader legal framework improvements.

Launched in November 2012, the ISMED Support Programme is implemented by the MENA-OECD Investment Programme with financial support from the European Union.

The Programme:

  • Evaluates 
    Evaluates the level of investment protection provided by local legal, regulatory and sectoral frameworks;

  • Recommends
    Provides policy recommendations to address gaps in investment protection;

  • Innovates
    Supports a network of experts exchanging views on innovative ideas to improve investment security in the Southern Mediterranean region;

  • Informs
    Provides potential investors with information about relevant risk mitigation instruments.


Presentation of the ISMED Support Programme by Marcos Bonturi, Director of the OECD Global Relations


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Egypt: the Nile River Ports Project

Report: Protecting Investment Legal Frameworks for Infrastructure Investment in Egypt, Jordan, Morocco and Tunisia: English | français



ISMED Brochure / En français / عربي


For further information, contact Andrew Fitzpatrick


With the support of the
European Union