03-12-2018

Regional economic cooperation, a key factor for stability and security in regions, such as the Middle East, North Africa, and the Western Balkans - PAM Vice-President, Sen. Alia Bouran

Regional economic cooperation, a key factor for stability and security in regions, such as the Middle East, North Africa, and the Western Balkans - PAM Vice-President, Sen. Alia Bouran
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean (PAM) contributed to the high-level conference of the MENA-OECD Working Group on Trade and Investment, dedicated to “Making trade and investment policies work for all”, which took place at the Dead Sea in Jordan on 27-28 November 2018.
 
The conference brought together policy makers and experts from the MENA and OECD regions together with international and regional organizations, as well as civil society and academia, to discuss the impact of trade and investment in the MENA region in a changing and challenging world economy. 
 
Discussions focused on ways to promote and implement inclusive trade and investment policies that create opportunities for all the segments of the population, including women, workers and refugees. 
 
PAM was represented by Vice-President Senator Alia Bouran of Jordan. During the high-level policy debate, Sen. Bouran brought the parliamentary perspective into the discussion. She highlighted the role of national and regional parliaments in supporting multilateralism, inclusive trade and investment policies, and international economic co-operation. 
 
She underscored the importance of regional economic cooperation as a key factor for stability and security in regions, such as the Middle East, North Africa, and the Western Balkans. In this regard, she highlighted the excellent partnership among PAM and the World Trade Organisation, the UN and international financial institutions on promoting regional economic integration in the Euro-Mediterranean region through trade facilitation and investments.
 
PAM participation at the Dead Sea event is another step in the new partnership established between PAM and the OECD, following a recent meeting at the OECD Headquarters in Paris, at which a roadmap was defined to formalize the cooperation between the two institutions through a dedicated agreement and the organization of a series of joint events.//
 
 
 
 
MEDIA INFORMATION: 47/2018
 
issued on:  03.12.2018
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