EU-OECD Programme on Investment in the Mediterranean

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The EU-OECD Programme on Investment in the Mediterranean aims to support investment climate reforms to advance sustainable growth and decent job creation in the Southern Mediterranean. 

Working together with governments and other partners in Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, the Palestinian Authority, and Tunisia, the Programme:

  • Provides targeted policy advice and capacity building on investment policy design and implementation
  • Facilitates public-private dialogues on investment climate reforms in priority sectors
  • Supports monitoring and evaluation of reforms to gauge success

The Programme builds on the first EU-OECD Programme on Promoting Investment in the Mediterranean. It draws on OECD’s technical expertise and international tools and standards developed by OECD investment experts and the regional network and knowledge of the MENA-OECD Competitiveness Programme. The programme also benefits from co-operation with the ILO and ITC.

Programme Key Topics

  • Regulatory and legal reforms to improve the business environment
  • Investment promotion and facilitation
  • Impact of investment on sustainable development (FDI Qualities)
  • Foreign direct investment statistics
  • Public-private dialogues on supporting investment reforms in key sectors:
    Sustainable energy and connectivity; MSME financing; Sustainable agriculture; Rural Entrepreneurship and agribusiness; Sustainable cities; Digital for development


Investment Promotion and the Digital Transformation for a Sustainable Recovery, 13-14 Oct 2021

Improving the sustainable development impacts of investment in Jordan, OECD FDI Qualities Initiative
Agenda, 2nd task force meeting, 7 Oct 2021 
Agenda, 1st task force meeting, 22 Apr 2021 

Promoting Investment and Business Climate Reforms

In Morocco's Agri-food Sector, 13 Jul 2021
Issues Paper: English | Arabic | French

In Jordan's ICT Sector, 17 Jun 2021
Agenda: English | Arabic 
Issues Paper: English | Arabic

MENA-OECD Ministerial Conference 1 Apr 2021
MENA-OECD Government-Business Summit 30-31 Mar 2021
11th Union for the Mediterranean Trade Ministerial 10 Nov 2020

Report: March 2021

Middle East & North Africa Investment Policy Perspectives

NEW REPORT: Attracting investment in the MENA region – and harnessing its benefits – is needed now more than ever with the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbating existing challenges and adding new ones.

REPORT: 2019

Mapping of Investment Promotion Agencies: Middle East and North Africa

This report provides an inventory of existing practices among IPAs in the Middle East and North Africa region. It covers eight southern Mediterranean (MED) economies: Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, the Palestinian Authority, and Tunisia. The mapping exercise covers a wide range of areas pertaining to investment promotion and facilitation with a view to enhancing peer-learning among practitioners.


1st Phase EU-OECD Programme on Promoting Investment in the Mediterranean

Learn more about the first phase of the programme


Additional Resources

Report: May 2021

Regional Integration in the Union for the Mediterranean Progress Report

Regional Integration in the Union for the Mediterranean: Progress Report monitors major trends and evolutions of integration in the Euro-Mediterranean region. The Report examines five domains of regional integration, namely trade integration, financial integration, infrastructure integration, movement of people, as well as research and higher education.

Access the report

FDI regulatory restrictiveness index

The FDI Index measures statutory restrictions on foreign direct investment in 22 economic sectors across 69 countries


FDI statistics

All the latest FDI data