Economics of Middle East and North Africa in focus at EBRD symposium
June 2, 2016
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is holding a two-day research symposium on the Economics of the Middle East and North Africa on 2-3 June. The meeting will take a stand-back look at some of the more intractable challenges facing the region.
The symposium will focus on the home-grown challenges, the responses to which are in the gift of the authorities but which often require strong political will to implement, along with a determination to tackle vested interests and to take a long-term political perspective.
Discussions will focus on areas such as job creation – crucial in a region where youth unemployment in particular is a major social and economic problem and where women are often systematically excluded from the marketplace. In addition, papers will be delivered on migration, trade and political connections as well as the role of religion. (EU Neighbourhood Info)