MENA-OECD Business Advisory Board (BAB)


MENA-OECD Business Advisory Board

Government-Business Summit 2021

30-31 March 2021 | Online

Through a dynamic and inclusive dialogue, MENA and OECD government and private sector representatives came up with ways to design a post-COVID-19 economic model focused on regional integration, green and digital transitions as well as youth and women empowerment. This entails fostering sound business climate and corporate governance, and enhancing connectivity and value chain participation to attract quality investment and support private sector development - especially SMEs and entrepreneurship. In addition, economic and social resilience will draw upon competitive economies delivering decent jobs and supporting the integration of informal activities into the formal economy.

Enhancing the competitiveness of the Middle East and North Africa region must be accompanied by the promotion of inclusive growth and decent work opportunities for all. This requires strong partnerships between governments, the business community and labour organisations. Public-Private Dialogue (PPD) is increasingly recognised as a tool to create effective and transparent reform coalitions to inform the design and implementation of policies, and build trust between economic actors.

In the MENA region, such participatory mechanisms need to be strengthened. Moreover, the private sector in some MENA countries remains fragmented and dispersed. The MENA-OECD Business Advisory Board (BAB) aims to provide a structured, sustainable and well-informed platform for private sector mobilisation. Building such institutional frameworks in which the private sector can participate and effectively contribute to the decision-making process is essential for producing better policy outcomes.

About the MENA-OECD Business Advisory Board (BAB)

The BAB is co-chaired by the Spanish Confederation of Employers’ Organisation (CEOE) and the Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts (UTICA). The aim of this initiative is to create a reform coalition between governments and the business community to inform regional policy dialogue and promote new forms of Public-Private Dialogue in the region.

The BAB will:

  • Organise an annual regional meeting to discuss salient topics regarding the role of the private sector in the promotion of better policies in MENA countries. 
  • Strengthen business associations in the region by fostering exchanges with peers from OECD and other countries, developing analytical work that identifies lessons learned and organising capacity-building activities.

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Second regional meeting and Government Business Summit, 17 June 2019, Tunis (access the event Flickr album)


Related Activities

The MENA-OECD Business Advisory Board informs the policy dialogue throughout the Competitiveness Programme with the views, challenges and needs of the private sector. For this aim, its members will participate in the different Working Groups of the Programme, comment and contribute to analytical work and provide strategic directions where needed. 


Past event conclusions

Annual meeting 2020, 9-10 December 2020, Online

COVID-19 Pandemic Crisis Response Webinar, 14 May 2020, Online

Government-Business Summit: Public-private alliances for inclusive growth, 17 June 2019, Tunis, Tunisia

First meeting of MENA-OECD Youth Business Associations, 24-25 January 2019, Paris, France

Launch of the MENA-OECD Business Advisory Board (BAB), 20-21 September 2018, Madrid, Spain

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