About the MENA-OECD Investment Programme


The significant social, political and economic changes that took place in the MENA region during the Arab Awakening in 2011 further reinforced the need for dialogue on business climate reform. These events highlighted the importance of addressing pressing policy challenges, such as promoting economic growth, supporting employment, fighting corruption and fostering private sector development. Read our brochure in English, French or Arabic.


The key objective of the MENA-OECD Investment Programme is to mobilise investment — foreign, regional and domestic — as a driving force for economic growth and employment throughout the Middle East and North Africa region. The Investment Programme supports reform efforts of MENA governments to enhance the investment climate by:

  • Promoting investment and strengthening the employment potential of FDI
  • Catalysing SME and entrepreneurship development
  • Creating a level playing-field for business
  • Supporting women's economic integration
The Programme is made up of 18 participating economies: Algeria, Bahrain, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestinian Authority, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen.




Moroccan Minister Boulif talks about Morocco's involvement in the MENA-OECD Initiative (in French)

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How is the Programme governed?

The Steering Group drives and monitor the MENA-OECD Investment Programme. It is comprised of country economic team leaders from MENA governments and representatives of donor country partners, regional and international organisations, non-governmental organisations, and the private sector.


>> Regional partners

•Islamic Development Bank
•League of Arab States
•Gulf Co-operation Council
•Arab Monetary Fund

>> International partners

• European Commission
• World Bank Group (MIGA & IFC)
• Centre for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)
• International Labour Organization
• International Development Research Centre (IDRC)

>> Euromed and the EU Neighborhood Programme     

>> Business associations                       




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