On December 3, the president of CEOE Internacional intervened in the OECD-MENA Working Group on Trade and Investments, as vice-president of the Trade Committee of Business at OECD and as co-president of the MENA-OECD Business Advisory Council.
The session focused on trends in value chains and regional economic integration for the recovery of the MENA region after the pandemic. Marta Blanco spoke in the first session about the impact of the health crisis on trade and investment in the Middle East and North Africa region. The panel was attended by the Director of the OECD Directorate for Agriculture and Trade, Marion Jensen, the Head of the Investment Division of the OECD Directorate for Financial Affairs and Business, Ana Novik, and the leader of the Committee on Industry and Commerce of the American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt, Ashraf Bakry.
In her intervention, Marta Blanco emphasized the importance of avoiding protectionist tendencies and adopting a multilateral approach in responding to the health crisis. He insisted on the need to work on the coordination of policies at the international level, especially in relation to safe mobility, not only important for the tourism sector but for the restoration of economic activity as a whole. The director of the Directorate of Agriculture and Trade of the OECD, Marion Jensen, echoed this idea and took good note of the importance on the agenda of the private sector of international mobility.
Finally, Marta highlighted the importance of establishing a permanent dialogue between the public and private sectors, which ensures the efficiency and coordination of policies to respond to the pandemic.