Middle East and North Africa Chapter

1 and 2 December 2016

Tunis, Tunisia

The Parliamentary Network on the World Bank and the IMF is pleased to announce the creation of its Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Chapter which was launched on 1 and 2 December in Tunis, Tunisia.

51 participating MPs coming from Algeria, Bahrain, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Malta, Morocco and Tunisia were welcomed to join discussions on the region challenges, including youth unemployment.

The conference was opened in presence of HE Prime Minister Youssef Chahed, HE Finance Minister Lamia Zribi, HE Development, Investment and Cooperation Minister Fadhel Abdelkefi. On 2 December, HE Mohamed Ennaceur, Speaker of the Tunisian Parliament, welcomed the delegation in the Assembly of People's Representatives. 

This first event marked the birth of the Parliamentary Network MENA Chapter, a platform for parliamentarians from the region to exchange knowledge and experiences on best practices on how to leverage their legislative and oversight roles in tackling pressing development challenges. Throughout a series of events and activities, the MENA chapter will provide members with the space, network and resources to reflect and share experiences on best practices for tackling the region’s common and most challenging issues.

The series of uprisings that swept across the MENA region since the beginning of 2011 have brought to the fore the critical importance of good governance and accountability to achieve sustainable development. As representatives of the people, parliamentarians are set to play integral part in fulfilling that mandate.


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Read the Declaration by the MENA Chapter founding members: EnglishFrançaisعربي  

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Founded in 2000, the Parliamentary Network is an independent, non-governmental organization that provides a platform for Parliamentarians from over 140 countries to advocate for increased accountability and transparency in development cooperation. Jeremy Lefroy is the current Chair of the Parliamentary Network.


The Network – via its international secretariat, regional chapters and country chapters – reaches over 1000 Parliamentarians in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. It strives to increase transparency and accountability in the development cooperation process by fostering the oversight role of parliaments and civil society. The Network has a specific focus on multilateral aid and a sub-focus on the work and modus operandi of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the world’s largest multilateral funders.


It provides a platform for MPs and civil society to hold to account their own governments, as well as International Financial Institutions (IFIs), for development outcomes.

Membership is free of charge and open to elected parliamentarians who currently hold a mandate. As a member, you will receive The Parliamentary Network on the World Bank and International Monetary Fund’s policy materials, including the quarterly Network Review publication and the Parliamentarians and Development series.

You will also be eligible to attend the Annual Conference and participate in discussions with senior World Bank and IMF leadership. You can also be invited to take part in the Parliamentarians in the Field country visit programme.
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