The MENA-OECD Initiative on Governance and Competitiveness for Development facilitates co-operation between the OECD and the MENA region to promote policies for sustainable and inclusive growth. It addresses regional needs and development priorities, including the integration of women and youth through jobs and greater participation in policy making. It also takes into account the region’s diversity by providing targeted support to individual countries.

The Initiative builds on the OECD’s work method of policy dialogue, exchange of good practices and capacity building for the implementation of reforms. It serves as the main co-operation platform between OECD and MENA economies  since 2005. Through its two pillars (the MENA-OECD Governance Programme and the MENA-OECD Competitiveness Programme), the Initiative adopts a horizontal approach to high-level policy dialogue and consensus building with working level technical assistance, analysis and capacity building through specialised policy networks and targeted national and regional activities.

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