Second Meeting of the MENA Chapter, 7-8 November 2017, Rabat

Following the successful launch of the Middle East and North Africa Regional Chapter of the Parliamentary Network on 1–2 December 2016 in Tunis, its second Meeting took place on 7-8 November 2017 in Rabat, Morocco, at the invitation of the Moroccan House of Councillors and its President, H.E. Abdelhakim Benchamach. This event reconvened the members of the regional chapter, as well as new parliamentarians from MENA countries, in order to report on the progress made, discuss the new challenges facing the region, and come up with an action plan for the next year which the participants would be able to bring to their home parliaments.

This year, the meeting brought together 40 parliamentarians from Morocco, Algeria, Djibouti, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Tunisia, and Saudi Arabia. A representative of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean was also present. 

The three main topics of the MENA Chapter’s Second Meeting, chosen in order to reflect the main common challenges facing countries throughout the region, were: economic reforms and governance; migration; and education. 


Full report of the Meeting: English
Summary of the Meeting: English, French
Photos of the event
Agenda in English, French and Arabic
Speakers' presentations:
"Human Capital in the MENA region", Fadila Caillaud, Human Development Global Plactice, World Bank
"Managing migratory flows in the MENA region", Jason Gagnon, Migration and Skills Unit, OECD Development Centre

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