The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) is a diverse region, affected by economic and political transformations, but with a potential for more and better growth. It benefits from a privileged geographic location with access to large markets; a young and increasingly educated population; and comparative advantages in several sectors such as manufacturing, renewable energies and tourism.

MENA economies are implementing reforms to improve economic growth, governance structures, diversification, employment, private sector development and integrity. The MENA-OECD Initiative on Governance and Competitiveness for Development, initiated and led by the region, supports these reforms through an inclusive and co-ordinated approach, innovative policy dialogue, links between key stakeholders, peer learning and capacity building.

The MENA-OECD Initiative covers Algeria, Bahrain, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestinian Authority, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.


18-19 February 2020
Barcelona, Spain

EU-OECD Regional Seminar: Enhancing integrity for sustainable development

28 January 2020
Tunis, Tunisia

SME Development Strategy for Libya Workshop 

23-24 January 2020
Beirut, Lebanon

First joint ESCWA-UNCTAD-OECD Competition Forum

12-13 December 2019
Madrid, Spain

Financial Integration and Inclusive Development: A View from the Mediterranean Countries

7 December 2019
Rome, Italy

2019 Mediterranean Dialogues (MED)

2-3 December 2019
Berlin, Germany

MENA-OECD Economic Resilience Task Force: Annual Regional Meeting
20 November 2019

Launch of the report "Open Government in Salé, Morocco’’ (in English and French)

OECD activities with the region

MENA-OECD Competitiveness Programme

Supporting reforms to mobilise investment, private sector development and entrepreneurship as driving forces for inclusive growth and employment.  

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MENA-OECD Governance Programme

Sharing knowledge and expertise, with a view of disseminating standards and principles of good governance.  

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Morocco Country Programme

Supporting 16 projects built around the strategic areas of competitiveness, public governance and social inclusion.

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G7 Deauville Partnership

Engaging in a multilateral platform providing political and financial support to Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, Jordan, Libya and Yemen with the aim of fostering good governance, civil society engagement, job creation, SME development investement, financial inclusion and women's empowerment.

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Arab-DAC Dialogue on Development

Supporting Arab providers of development co-operation in their efforts to better co-ordinate their development assistance activities.

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2019 edition now available

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Featured data

Quick access to PISA 2018 results for Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates.

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