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Corporate Governance Enforcement in the Middle East and North Africa: Evidence and Priorities

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  • Alissa Amico

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Corporate governance frameworks in the Middle East and North Africa region have undergone a substantial evolution in the past decade. Better enforcement of corporate governance rules and regulations has in the past three years emerged as both a policy challenge and a priority for the region. This emphasis on better enforcement reflects a number of trends including political changes in some countries of the region, the global call for better surveillance of the adoption of governance rules as well as low investor engagement in the region. This paper examines key developments in public and private corporate governance enforcement in the region. It highlights the growing level of public enforcement as expertise within the securities regulators is growing. The paper provides policy recommendations on specific aspects of governance frameworks such as the treatment of related party transactions and board member responsibilities which - if better regulated - could result in more effective governance enforcement in the region.

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  • Alissa Amico, 2014. "Corporate Governance Enforcement in the Middle East and North Africa: Evidence and Priorities," OECD Corporate Governance Working Papers 15, OECD Publishing.
  • Handle: RePEc:oec:dafaae:15-en
    DOI: 10.1787/5jxws6scxg7c-en
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    1. Moumen, NĂ©jia & Ben Othman, Hakim & Hussainey, Khaled, 2016. "Board structure and the informativeness of risk disclosure: Evidence from MENA emerging markets," Advances in accounting, Elsevier, vol. 35(C), pages 82-97.
    2. Abdallah, Abed Al-Nasser & Ismail, Ahmad K., 2017. "Corporate governance practices, ownership structure, and corporate performance in the GCC countries," Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money, Elsevier, vol. 46(C), pages 98-115.

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    Keywords

    board appointment; commercial courts; company law; corporate governance; enforcement; investor engagement; listing requirements; Middle East and North Africa; minority shareholder; redress; securities regulator; shareholder rights; stock exchange;

    JEL classification:

    • G38 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Government Policy and Regulation
    • K22 - Law and Economics - - Regulation and Business Law - - - Business and Securities Law
    • K42 - Law and Economics - - Legal Procedure, the Legal System, and Illegal Behavior - - - Illegal Behavior and the Enforcement of Law

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