Investor-State dispute settlement (ISDS) and investment agreement negotiations were at the heart of a training workshop for Iraqi officials co-organised by the MENA-OECD Investment Programme, GAFI, and CRCICA on July 6-8, 2010 in Cairo.
This workshop was designed to provide participants with a practical overview on the most important elements to be included in a sound e-government implementation road map.
Tax experts discussed the tax policy and tax administration consequences of introducing VAT with a focus on the design and implementation of VAT in GCC countries.
The Paris meeting built on the foundations laid at the Marrakech events, and presented the work done by the Council Task Forces to help restore trust in business post-crisis. The meeting furthermore worked on the input of the Council into the policy-making process so as to ensure maximum impact of the messages sent to MENA and OECD political leaders at events such as the next MENA-OECD Ministerial Conference and through the MENA
The prioritisation of infrastructure projects and their configuration as attractive public-private partnership opportunities or for development bank loans was the focus of the second Working Group on Infrastructure Finance in Iraq meeting held on 29-30 April 2010 in Paris.
Experts from MENA and OECD countries met on 4 May 2010 in Paris to discuss concrete means for improving gender diversity and equality in government and business
During this meeting participants discussed policies and actions to rebuild trust in government and business leadership as a precondition for sustained economic growth over the long term.
In the context of the Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship, held on 26-27 April, the OECD's Washington Centre hosted a luncheon briefing to feature the activities of the OECD-MENA Women's Business Forum, which aims to support the expansion of women-led businesses and women's employment in the MENA region.
The founding meeting of the Advisory Board to the MENA Centre for Competitiveness was held on March 31 in Tunis, Tunisia. The meeting gathered representatives of eleven MENA countries as well as representatives of regional and international partner organisations such as the World Bank, the European Investment Bank and the African Development Bank.
On 29-30 March 2010, over 120 MENA and OECD policy-makers, representatives of international organisations, local stakeholders and the donor community will meet to debate how public policy can promote entrepreneurship and support young enterprises in the MENA region.