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The Arab World Competitiveness Report 2005

Arab World Competitiveness Report 2005
There is growing consensus among prominent leaders in the Arab world
that ambitious and sustained economic and political reforms are the only way to boost the region's growth performance.

The countries of the Arab world vary significantly in their levels of per capita income, the degree of political and economic liberalization
that underpins them, and the structure of the productive apparatus, with

many being unduly dependent on the energy sector.

However, all must boost job creation and income levels and no one questions the urgent need for all Arab countries to implement policies aimed at enhancing national competitiveness. Helping precipitate a debate on how best this can be done, and in what areas, is the main aim of The Arab World Competitiveness Report 2005.

Failure to act now could have worrisome consequences for the region's economies and for the regimes that sustain them.

Unless countries in the Arab world can ensure gainful employment for their fast-growing populations—particularly the young—the significant political difficulties that are already emerging could worsen, with potentially unfavorable economic and political consequences.

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  Country Rankings
1. Qatar
2. UAE
3. Bahrain
4. Oman
5. Jordan
6. Tunisia
7.Saudi Arabia

  Report 2005 Downloads
Contents (PDF; 1pg; 56k)
Preface (PDF; 2pgs; 120k)
Executive Summary (PDF; 8pgs; 88k)
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  • Arab Competitiveness Roundtable
  • World Economic Forum in Jordan

  •   Online Media Coverage 2005
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    Daily Star
    The Peninsula

    The Arab World Competitiveness Report 2002-2003

    Arab World Competitiveness Report 2002 2003The Arab World Competitiveness Report 2002-2003 contains an assessment of the conditions, structures and policies that are integral to the region's competitiveness in the global economy.

    The Report covers 16 countries, offering country profiles displaying major economic, financial, social and trade data from published sources.

    The 16 countries covered are:
    Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syrian Arab Republic, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.

    The findings of the Report were an instrumental component of discussions at the Global Reconciliation Summit (June 2003, Jordan). Essays in the Report cover issues ranging from structural reforms to demography.

      Report 2002-2003 Downloads
    Preface (PDF; 2pgs; 90k)
    Executive Summary (PDF; 6 pgs; 135k)
    Economic Growth and Investment in the Arab World (PDF; 12 pgs; 192k)
    Country Profile: Jordan (PDF; 4 pgs; 211k)
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