Economic Policy: Recovering from the Crisis
The region is recovering from the financial crisis along with the global economy. Growth in 2010 is expected to be 4.4 percent region-wide, driven by domestic absorption as well as a positive contribution from external demand.
Financial Crisis Simulation Exercises
Financial Crisis Simulation Exercises –FCSE- are not a new way of doing stress tests in the financial sector. They are rather different. While stress-tests assess the quantitative impact of a single or a series of shocks on the financial soundness of institutions and the financial sector as a whole, FCSEs test the adequacy of the financial sector stability arrangements.
Financial Sector: Arab financial flows in a post-crisis world
Regional monetary authorities, policy makers, investment community, and academic experts met in Abu Dhabi on June 21-22 to discuss how best to mobilize financial flows to and between Arab countries to ensure sustainable economic growth and stability..
Gender: Bridging the Gap
Unemployment is a key issue for youth in the Middle East and North Africa, and young women in particular struggle to find jobs. Only 25% of women in the Middle East and North Africa region are active in the workforce, underlining the challenge of bringing into productive use this very important resource.
Governance: Civil Service Reform in Egypt
According to Dr. Ahmad Darwish, Minister of State for Administrative Development, the single most challenging task is changing the culture of the civil service, to speed up the pace of change and overcome resistance to change.
Poverty Reduction: Recent Trends of Poverty
The World Bank’s operational strategy for the region broadly supports policies, investments and institutions that encourage the creation of jobs through private-sector led growth, promoting universal access to basic health care and to primary and secondary education and that help governments design better targeted social protection.
Trade: Economic Integration in the Middle East and North Africa
The Middle East and North Africa Region (MENA) has been able to make some inroads, albeit at different degrees in each of the geographical groupings, to support the integration of the Arab world into the global economy. A series of reports takes stock of the regional cooperative frameworks, their issues and prospects.