In preparation for the November 2009 MENA-OECD Business Forum and MENA-OECD Ministerial Conference, the MENA-OECD Business Council held its first meeting on 1 October 2009 at the OECD Paris headquarters.
The training workshop on Enabling and Sustaining Private Foreign Investment in Iraq, organised by the Ministry of Investment of Egypt and the MENA-OECD Investment Programme, took place at the OECD Paris headquarters on 6-8 July 2009.
The MENA-OECD Investment Programme participated in the Carthage Investment Forum, which was organised by the Tunisian Foreign Investment Promotion Agency, and held in Hammamet, Tunisia on 24 and 25 June 2009.
The Working Group 2 on SME Policy, Entrepreneurship and Human Capital Development held its 2nd meeting on 19 May 2009 in Barcelona, Spain, to address building capacity for entrepreneurship and SME development.
The MENA-OECD Investment Programme is working on two new initiatives aimed at private sector development in the MENA region. The MENA-OECD Business Council and the MENA 100 Business Plan Competition.
The Working Group 1 on Investment Policy and Promotion met on 23 March 2009 at the OECD headquarters to examine the effects of the crisis and assess policy responses in the MENA region.
The MENA-OECD Investment Programme’s Steering Group met to confirm its commitment to active participation in investment-oriented reform as part of the MENA region’s response to the financial crisis.
The training programme on investment promotion and media, jointly organised by the Jordanian Investment Board and MENA-OECD, took place in Amman on 26-29 January 2009 with the participation of nine officials from the Iraqi National Investment Commission (NIC).
Senior tax policy officials from the MENA region and OECD countries met in the framework of the Working Group on Tax Policy and Administration on 28-29 January 2009 to address the implementation of tax policies supporting business climate development.
This task force meeting focused on launching working groups focusing on legislative revision, state-owned enterprise restructuring, small and medium-sized enterprise development, social dialogue, and investment policy.