Of The Broader Middle East and North Africa Initiative. The G8 BMENA Initiative Tunisia and the United States co-chaired the 2012 BMENA process, including hosting the Forum for the Future and organizing its preparatory work through two civil society workshops and a Sub-Ministerial meeting in cooperation with their NGO partners, the League of Women Voters, the Human Resources and Training Managers Association, and AmCham Tunisia. The G8 Broader Middle East and North Africa (BMENA) Initiative represents genuine cooperation between G8 and BMENA governments, private sector, and regional civil society advocates, and strengthens freedom, democracy and prosperity for all. The inaugural Forum for the Future held in Rabat in December 2004 established a process of dialogue among G8 and regional governments in pursuit of these aims, and underwrote seven ambitious initiatives formulated at the Sea Island summit. Since the first Forum, civil society groups and lead partner countries have made significant advances to this agenda and focused on transparency and good governance, democratic participation, women's empowerment, legal reform, and human rights. The yearly Forum for the Future is a centerpiece of the BMENA partnership. It provides an international venue to support the reform voices in the region. The Forum permits the partners and other supportive countries and organizations to engage in political, economic and social reform on a regular basis. Ministers expressed their thanks to Tunisia and the United States for co-chairing the 2012 BMENA process, including hosting the Forum for the Future and organizing its preparatory work through two civil society workshops and a Sub-Ministerial meeting in cooperation with their NGO partners, the League of Women Voters, the Human Resources and Training Managers Association, and the Tunisian American Chamber of Commerce. They also thanked Morocco and Jordan for supporting the two preparatory workshops in El Jadida and Amman. Participants welcomed the preparatory events, which fostered collaborative discussions among governments, civil society, and the private sector regarding concrete actions to advance women’s empowerment, the rights to freedom of expression and association, and economic governance and entrepreneurship, in accordance with national efforts and actions of partners to support them.