Key publications



Renewable Energies in the Middle East and North Africa
, March 2013

For governments searching to create jobs, to satisfy the growing energy demand of their populations and to diversify their economies, the appeal of renewable energies is strong. However, the right policy framework and support need to be put in place if the region wants to attract private investment in the sector and reap the benefits of its favourable resource endowment, especially as regards solar and wind energy. This report makes the case for a stronger deployment of renewables in the Middle East and North Africa and identifies the appropriate support policies required to stimulate the necessary private investment.            

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New Entrepreneurs and High Performance Entreprises in the Middle East and North Africa, February 2013

One of the most significant challenges facing the Middle East and North Africa is the creation of economic opportunities and jobs to reduce the high levels of unemployment and absorb the growing number of people entering the labour force. The job challenge is even more pressing in the current context of transition and reform. To meet this challenge, MENA economies need to boost economic growth, and provide more and better opportunities for their increasingly educated young generations. The promotion of entrepreneurship and small and medium-size enterprise growth is one of the most important means to achieve this.

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Women in Business: Policies to Support Women's Entrepreneurship Development in the MENA Region, October 2012

Entrepreneurship is, among others, affected by prior work experience and by education. In the MENA economies, far fewer women than men participate in paid employment: only 27% of women join the labour force compared with 76% of men; this is also below the 51% female labour force participation rate in low- and middle-income as well as in advanced economies. Hence, enabling women to contribute to the economy as employees and entrepreneurs represents a major opportunity to boost competitiveness, growth and job creation.

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Arab World Competitiveness Report, 2011-2012, December 2011

This joint report, a collaboration between the World Economic Forum and the OECD, is a contribution to understanding the key factors determining future prosperity and economic growth in the Arab world, following the critical juncture in the region in 2011. The report offers policymakers and business leaders an important tool in formulating improved economic policies and institutional reforms.

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