2015 MENA-OECD Initiative Steering Group Meeting


"Regional integration for inclusive growth"

9 November 2015 - Rabat, Morocco

The Steering Group of the MENA-OECD Initiative on Governance and Investment for Development met on 9 November 2015 in Rabat, Morocco to discuss the strategic orientations for the new mandate of the Initiative for the period 2016-2020 and to approve the transfer of the Chairmanship from Morocco to Tunisia.

Participants included over 80 representatives from 12 MENA economies and 10 OECD countries, including Ministers Louafa and Moubdi of Morocco, the ambassadors of Portugal, Spain and Sweden to the OECD, as well as representatives from the European Union, other international and regional organisations, the private sector and civil society.

This year, the Steering Group Meeting sought to set the groundwork for the MENA-OECD Ministerial Conference in 2016, building on the impact of a decade of regional policy dialogue and advice, peer learning and implementation support in the areas of public governance and private sector development. It follows up on a series of consultations over the course of 2015 with experts, donors and stakeholders from the region to identify the priority themes that will guide the Initiative over the next five years.

The discussions were substantive and contributed to shape a very ambitious agenda for the next five years. One of the key themes under discussion was the promotion of regional integration as a vehicle for enhancing competitiveness and promoting inclusive growth in the MENA region. Another priority is to increase the engagement of international and regional organisations to define joint projects and a common agenda. Greater involvement with Gulf countries will be a key aspect of our work during the new mandate.

Finally, several countries underlined the necessary contribution of the Initiative to build resilience in a context of conflict and fragility.

The Steering Group is the MENA-OECD Initiative’s main body and meets annually. It comprises representatives of 18 MENA economies and 34 OECD members as well as international partner organisations. It provides guidance to the Initiative.






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2015 Steering Group Meeting,
5 February, Paris, France

2013 Steering Group Meeting,
2 December, Rabat, Morocco

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On the Governance Programme, it was decided to initiate a shift of the public governance agenda to enhance its contribution to inclusive growth and regional integration, by:

  • promoting a “youth lens“ in public governance to mainstream youth concerns and make use of Open Government tools to promote youth participation in decision-making;
  • supporting countries’ efforts to elaborate and implement national open government agendas;
  • strengthening women’s empowerment in public life through enhancing women’s participation in public administration and in policy-making;
  • continuing to involve and strengthen capacities of parliament and independent institutions (e.g. Anti-Corruption Agencies, Supreme Audit Institutions);
  • strengthening capacities for local governance to support decentralisation reforms.

On the Investment Programme, it was decided to change the name to MENA-OECD Competitiveness Programme in order to reflect the ambition to contribute in a more holistic manner to the overall economic reform agenda, by:

  • deepening its work on investment policies, SMEs, women integration in the economy and business integrity;
  • addressing new policy priority areas such as trade integration, infrastructure investment, SOE governance, youth employability and skills development;
  • reinforcing engagement with non-governmental stakeholders, including the business and trade union sectors, and paving the way for more social dialogue in the Initiative;
  • accelerating the progressive integration of MENA countries in OECD instruments and statistical tools (on FDI, TiVA, revenue statistics, or entrepreneurship indicators).


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