Making Reforms Succeed

Moving Forward with the MENA Investment Policy Agenda

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This publication highlights key outcomes of the work of the MENA-OECD Investment Programme from 2005-2007, including reforms achieved to date in investment policies and promotion, corporate governance, financial-sector development, and tax policies. It also contains information on the Programme’s activities, highlighting business-climate developments in MENA countries. The MENA-OECD Investment Programme was created to facilitate a peer dialogue focused on investment policy reform in co-operation with OECD members.



MENA-OECD Investment Programme Achievements and Directions

At the beginning of 2000, the MENA region lagged behind other regions in attracting investment flows as compared to other emerging country regions. Taken as a whole, the MENA region attracted approximately 0.6% of global FDI inflows between 1998 and 2000.1 The gap between the income per capita of most Middle East and North African countries and that of advanced industrial nations was wide and had further increased in the 1990s.


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