The Steering Group of the MENA-OECD Initiative on Governance and Investment for Development met in Rabat on 9 November 2015 to discuss the strategic orientations of the new mandate of the Initiative for the period 2016-2020. The meeting set the groundwork for the MENA-OECD Ministerial Conference in 2016, building on the impact of a decade of regional policy dialogue and advice, peer learning and implementation support in the areas of public governance and private sector development.

It followed up on a series of discussions and informal meetings over the course of 2015 with experts, donors and stakeholders from the region to identify the priority themes that will guide the Initiative over the next five years.

The thematic focus on “Regional integration for inclusive growth” allowed for a discussion on the critical role of governance frameworks and private-sector development in enhancing public participation, competitiveness and reinforcing regional economic integration with a view of addressing the challenges of inclusive growth in the region.

The Steering Group is the MENA-OECD Initiative’s main body and meets annually. It comprises representatives of 18 MENA economies and 34 OECD members as well as international partner organisations. It provides guidance to the Initiative.

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