Global Agenda Council on the Arab World 2012-2014
The Arab world is experiencing a period of unprecedented change that will shape the future economic, social and governance systems of the region, in a time when long-standing relationships between developed and emerging economies are being redefined. The region possesses the key raw materials of success, including a youthful population eager to engage and contribute to the region’s economy, energy endowments and some of the fastest-growing economies globally. Two years after the start of the transitions in North Africa, the promise of great outcomes is increasing the urgency for decision-makers to deliver employment and foster development throughout the region.
What the Council is doing about it
The Council on the Arab World is working on addressing issues of the region. Firstly, the Council is focusing on rethinking the private sector’s role in Arab societies. It is analysing the perceptions of various social sectors during the sensitive period of 2009-2011 and is making recommendations to strengthen governance in the sector. The Council is also focused on supporting new governments through the provision of policy recommendations applicable to times of transition. Council members were heavily involved in a roundtable with the Tunisian leadership, and will take part in a similar effort in Egypt. Additionally, an analysis led by the International Monetary Fund will examine the quick successes and longer-term economic policies needed to spur growth.
An additional priority of the Council is to spread its knowledge to the wider public within the region. To that end, Council Members have promoted the council’s ideas at various meetings related to the Middle East, including the Economics Research Forum in Qatar; published a series of blogs and op-eds in leading publications during the past year to raise public awareness; and engaged youth in targeted private events during the 2013 World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa.
“The region possesses the key raw materials of success, including a youthful population eager to engage and contribute to the region’s economy, energy endowments and some of the fastest-growing economies globally.”
To further reach Arab audiences, the Council translated last year’s compendium on youth employment in the Arab world entitled Addressing the 100 Million Youth Challenge into Arabic. Over the next 12 months, the Council will continue fostering discussion on transformations in the Arab world, notably by helping shape the agendas at Forum events and the Forum’s initiative on Arab Employment.
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Research Analyst: Marc Caverzasio, Global Agenda Councils, email@example.com
Council Manager: Hala Hanna, Senior Programme Manager, Middle East and North Africa, firstname.lastname@example.org
Forum Lead: Miroslav Dusek, Senior Director, Head of Middle East and North Africa, email@example.com