Posted by: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

The MENA / OECD Consultative Council co-chaired by the Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts (UTICA) and the Spanish Confederation of Employers’ Organisations (CEOE), was launched on September 20 in Madrid (Spain).

This structure aims to foster the emergence of reformist coalitions including governments and the private sector and to promote new forms of public / private dialogue in the region, the UTICA specified in a press release on Friday.

The kick-off meeting of this council brought together business associations, chambers of commerce and other private sector actors from the MENA region as well as OECD countries to define the specific needs of the region and discuss success stories that can be replicated, the same source added.

Taking the floor at the opening of this two-day event, Confederation President Samir Majoul announced on this occasion the establishment of a platform for a public/private dialogue dedicated to young leaders of the OECD-MENA region, which will be co-chaired by the Centre of Young Leaders-Tunisia and its Spanish counterpart CEAJE.

He pointed out that “the economic and political transformations affecting economies globally, and especially MENA countries, have proven the need for a regional, inclusive and coordinated approach to address the challenges facing the region.”

Majoul added that the economic, social, political and security concerns that affect the countries of this region can be circumvented by improving the entrepreneurial ecosystem to enable young entrepreneurs to grow and prosper, by boosting digital knowledge and stimulating investment in education.

He also called for strengthening business support through regional initiatives aimed at boosting the Mediterranean business ecosystem by promoting inclusive economic development and creating jobs through the encouragement of the private sector.

“No one can define at the regional level, the priorities of the economies of the MENA countries better than the enterprises operating in these countries,” he specified.