The Deauville Partnership set up by G-8 leaders to support the reform process in Middle East and North African countries has welcomed five new members: Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the United Arab of Emirates.
The partnership was first announced following the G-8 leaders’ meeting in Deuaville, France, in May. Aside from G-8 countries, it includes Tunisia and Egypt and is focused on supporting economic and political reforms in the two African countries, as well as in Jordan and Morroco.
With that larger membership, at least $38 billion is now available to support reforms in the four recipient countries, the African Development Bank noted in a Sept. 16 statement. AfDB and other multilateral organizations are also active in the partnership.
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