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Sustainable Investment in the Middle East and North Africa: Region Report

Sustainable Investment in the Middle East and North Africa: Region Report

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Sustainable Investment in the Middle East and North Africa is the first report measuring the amount of sustainable investment in the Middle East and North Africa. It assesses current levels of sustainable investment awareness, practices, and demand in the region and finds that while current volumes are small, there is scope for much greater sustainable investment in the region. The report also identifies opportunities to increase the flow of sustainable investment funds to the region and develop this increasingly important market segment.

Sustainable Investment in the Middle East and North Africa is the first report measuring the amount of sustainable investment in the Middle East and North Africa. It assesses current levels of sustainable investment awareness, practices, and demand in the region and finds that while current volumes are small, there is scope for much greater sustainable investment in the region. The report also identifies opportunities to increase the flow of sustainable investment funds to the region and develop this increasingly important market segment.

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Sustainable Investment in theMiddle East and North AfricaRegion Report
IFC Advisory Services in the Middle East and North Africa
Italy, Ireland, Luxembourg, Netherlands,Norway, and the United StatesIn partnership with:
 
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, creates opportunity for people to escape poverty and improve their lives. We foster sustainable economic growth in developing countries by supporting private sector development, mobilizing private capital, andproviding advisory and risk mitigation services to businesses and governments. This report was commissioned by IFC through
its Corporate Governance program which helps improve access to capital and increase the operational efciency and nancialperformance of family-run enterprises and nancial institutions serving micro, small and medium enterprises.
The conclusions and judgments contained in this report should not be attributed to, and do not necessarily represent the viewsof, IFC or its Board of Directors or the World Bank or its Executive Directors, or the countries they represent. IFC and the WorldBank do not guarantee the accuracy of the data in this publication and accept no responsibility for any consequences of their use.2009 © International Finance Corporation (IFC)2121 Pennsylvania Avenue NWWashington, D.C. 20433, USATelephone: 202–473–1000Internet: IFC.orgAll rights reservedThis information, while based on sources that IFC considers to be reliable, is not guaranteed as to accuracy and does notpurport to be complete. This information shall not be construed, implicitly or explicitly, as containing any investment recommen-dations and, accordingly, IFC is not registered under the U.S. Investment Advisers Act of 1940.The denominations and geographical names in this publication are used solely for the convenience of the reader and do not
imply any judgment on the part of IFC, the World Bank, or other afliates concerning the legal status of any territory or the
endorsement or acceptance of such boundaries.Any views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the World Bank or theInternational Finance Corporation.Rights and PermissionsThe material in this publication is copyrighted. Copying and/or transmitting portions or all of this work without permission maybe a violation of applicable law. The World Bank Group encourages dissemination of its work and will normally grant permissionto reproduce portions of the work promptly.For permission to photocopy or reprint any part of this work, please send a request with complete information to the CopyrightClearance Center Inc., 222 Rosewood Drive, Danvers, MA 01923, USA; telephone: 978–750–8400; facsimile: 978–750–4470;Internet: www.copyright.com
All other queries on rights and licenses, including subsidiary rights, should be addressed to the Ofce of the Publisher,
The World Bank, 1818 H Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20433, USA; facsimile: 202–522–2422; e-mail:pubrights@worldbank.org.
 
Acknowledgements
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6Executive Summary
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81. Introduction
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Objectives
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15Scope
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15Report Structure
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2. Regional Overview
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Region’s Material ESG Issues
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17Region’s Economic Fundamentals
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17Water Scarcity
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19Building a Competitive, Diverse, Employed and Respected Labor Force
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20Economic Sectors Breakdown
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21FDI and Outward Investment
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24MENA Securities Markets
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3. Market Preparedness or SI
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Investment and ESG Regulations and Country Performance
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30Investment Laws and Regulations
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32Corporate Governance Laws and Regulations and Country Performance
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37Environmental Laws and Regulations and Country Performance
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43Social-Related Laws and Regulations and Country Performance
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51ESG Disclosure
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61Sustainability Reporting and Non-Financial Information Disclosure
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61Adoption of International Voluntary SI Frameworks by Asset Managers/Owners
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65ESG Disclosure Analysis
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67Supporting Infrastructure
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69Responsible Competitiveness Research
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69Analysis and Summary of Key Observations
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