Corporate governance

Improving corporate governance in the Middle East and North Africa - OECD conference and report, 10 April 2012


04/04/2012 - To reduce corruption and restore confidence in public institutions in the wake of the Arab Spring, governments in the Middle East and North Africa should improve the management and oversight of state-owned enterprises, which often play a major role in their economies.

A new OECD report, Towards New Arrangements for State Ownership in the Middle East and North Africa, analyses recent developments in governance of state owned firms and recommends what governments should do to reduce corruption, make them more efficient and boost growth.

The report will be released at 10.00 a.m. Paris time on Tuesday 10 April 2012. To request a copy of the report under embargo and to speak with the author Alissa Amico of the OECD’s Corporate Affairs division, journalists should contact Spencer Wilson, OECD Media Division (tel. + 33 1 45 24 81 18).



Journalists are also invited to attend the meeting of the Task Force on Corporate Governance of State-Owned Enterprises in the Middle East and North Africa on 9-10 April 2012 in Kuwait City. The following sessions are open to media:

  •  Monday 9 April - 08.30 to 09.00, the opening session with H.E. Anas Al-Saleh, Minister of Commerce and Industry, State of Kuwait, and Yves Leterme, OECD Deputy Secretary General.
  •  Tuesday 10 April - 08.30 to 10.30, panel discussion to launch the report with speakers including Mr. Nasser Saidi, Chief Economist, Dubai International Finance Centre and Director of Hawkamah Insitute for Corporate Governance, UAE; Mr. Abdullah Dardari, Director, UN ESCWA, former Deputy Prime Minister of Syria; and  Mr. Manaf Al-Hajeri, CEO, Markaz, Kuwait.

Interviews can also be arranged with other speakers upon request. Please see attached agenda.

To register for this event or to arrange interviews, please contact Katjusha Boffa of the OECD’s Corporate Affairs division (

More information on the OECD’s work on corporate governance in the region is available at


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