MENA-OECD Ministerial Conference 2021
The MENA-OECD Ministerial Conference “Designing a Roadmap to Recovery in MENA”, organised by the MENA-OECD Initiative on Governance and Competitiveness for Development and the Government of Tunisia, took place virtually on 1 April 2021 via Zoom. It focused on strategies to ensure an inclusive and resilient post-COVID-19 recovery. The COVID-19 pandemic has been accompanied by an unparalleled socio-economic crisis, putting immense strain on people’s livelihoods and testing the resilience of the MENA region. However, the crisis is also an opportunity for the region to engage in a comprehensive reform agenda to address underlying structural issues to support an inclusive and sustainable recovery.
It gathered representatives from MENA and OECD governments, regional partners, international organisations, the private sector and civil society. Ministers adopted a Ministerial Declaration on Governance and Competitiveness, which sets guiding principles and mutual commitments for collaboration between MENA and OECD governments in the years to come.
The MENA-OECD Forum, which was organised virtually on 30-31 March 2021 via Zoom, informed the Ministerial Conference. It addressed critical aspects of promoting good governance and supporting competitiveness in the MENA region, which are both crucial to respond to the impact of COVID-19, bolster inclusive development, and foster regional integration and greater resilience in the post-COVID-19 era.
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