Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
May 21, 2012


The G-8 launched the Deauville Partnership with Arab Countries in Transition in 2011 to support the democratic transitions in the Middle East and North Africa. The Partnership offers a unique mechanism for marshaling international support from the G-8, regional partners, International Financial Institutions (IFI), and International Organizations (IO) to provide political and economic support for reforms underway in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, and Jordan.

The United States cares deeply about the success of the democratic transitions in the Middle East and North Africa, and we are actively engaged in supporting them. We have committed to supporting economic stabilization, job creation, regional integration, and political participation through the programs, events, and initiatives launched under the Deauville Partnership with Arab Countries in Transition. The Partnership has developed an inclusive process and focused work plan to meet the priorities raised by the transitioning and reforming countries. Consistent with our Deauville Commitments, the United States maintains a strong bilateral assistance program in the region and supports the work of the multilateral institutions engaging in the region.

At the Camp David Summit on May 19, G-8 Leaders recognized the important progress that has been achieved in a number of countries undergoing transition and reforms. The G-8 Leaders committed to maintaining their support for these transitions in four key priority areas: stabilization, job creation, participation/governance, and trade and integration. The G-8 renewed its commitment to the Deauville Partnership with Arab Countries in Transition, and welcomed the steps already taken, in partnership with others in the region, to support economic reform, open government, and trade, investment, and integration. The G-8 also committed to further work during the rest of 2012 to advance the goals of the Partnership.

For more information on the Deauville Partnership, please see:

Fact Sheet on Development of Small- and Medium-Sized Enterprises

Fact Sheet on Open Governance and Participation

Fact Sheet on Expansion of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Fact Sheet on International Exchanges

Fact Sheet on Asset Recovery Action Plan

Fact Sheet on Finance



PRN: 2012/816