Investment and Trade


MENA-OECD Working Group on Investment and Trade

3 December 2020 | Online

This virtual edition of the Working Group focused on challenges and policy options to support the post-pandemic recovery of the MENA region focusing on value chains and regional economic integration. Discussions also highlighted actions to achieve more inclusive, sustainable and resilient economies in a post-Covid-19 context. The results of the discussions will guide the co-operation between MENA and OECD partners for the 2021-25 phase of the MENA-OECD Initiative on Governance and Competitiveness. 

Conclusions forthcoming

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Investment and trade represent an important opportunity for economic development of the MENA region, if accompanied by sound policies that enable quality job creation and prosperity for society at large. 

While the situation varies among MENA economies, most are now undertaking reforms to promote and facilitate investment and exports. To boost growth and generate jobs through investment and trade, further efforts should be made to:

  • increase trade facilitation and investment security
  • support integration into global production and distribution networks
  • provide evidence-based analysis to ensure there is a right balance between national objectives and openness
  • improve policy coherence at all levels to ensure co-ordination, good governance and inclusiveness


 Read the latest report from the MENA-OECD Competitiveness Programme: Enhancing the legal framework for sustainable investment: Lessons from Jordan (2018)

About the MENA-OECD Working Group on Investment and Trade

The Working Group on Investment and Trade, chaired by Japan and Jordan, was launched in September 2017 to help foster policy dialogue and analysis on trade and investment interconnections. Building on relevant OECD policy and statistical tools, the Working Group works to improve policy orientations, implementation and evaluation. Its main activities include:

  • facilitating dialogue among policy makers on trade and investment interconnections and ways to maximise benefits for MENA economies
  • collecting and analysing statistical trends
  • monitoring reforms and impact to enhance policy coherence
  • improving co-operation with all stakeholders and national co-ordination
  • helping integrate regional and global value chains 

Publications and Key Documents

Enhancing the legal framework for sustainable investment: Lessons from Jordan (2018)
Promoting Investment in a Fragile Context: The OECD Iraq Project  (Arabic version) (2016) 
Strengthening Regional Investment Frameworks: Review of International and Regional Investment-related Agreements concluded by Arab League Member States (2014) 

OECD Investment Policy Reviews: 

Related Activities

Related OECD tools

Event conclusions

Investment in the MENA region in the times of Covid-19, 23 June 2020, Webinar
MENA-OECD Conference on Promoting Quality Infrastructure Investment
, 19-20 March 2019, Cairo, Egypt
Making trade and investment policies work for all
 27-28 November 2018, Dead Sea, Jordan
Investment and trade policy reforms for inclusive growth in the MENA region, 28-29 September 2017, Paris, France
Investment and inclusive growth in the midst of crisis: lessons learned & ways forward, 11 May 2016, Beirut, Lebanon
MENA-OECD Working Group on Investment Policies and Promotion: Supporting Investment Policy Reforms in the MENA Region, 11 December 2014, Cairo, Egypt
ECD/Arab League Regional Investment Conference: Fostering Regional Integration on Investment, 9-10 December 2014, Cairo, Egypt

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