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One year after the global eruption of COVID-19, several countries in the Middle East and Africa are battling with increasing poverty, inequality, losses of jobs particularly women, political and social instability, weaker States and poorer infrastructure.

A book on “Macroeconomic Policy in Fragile States”, coedited by Ralph Chami, Member of EMEA Advisory Board and others, covered the challenges of developing and implementing macroeconomic policy in FCS. This book provides the backbone to grasp the multifaceted fragility and how to mitigate via analytical frameworks and case studies.

Against this backdrop, the EMEA Webinar discusses the increased fragility in the Middle East and Africa particularly in the context of COVID-19, while addressing the political economy issues and corruption, and provides avenues for stabilisation policies anchored in fiscal policy, trust, governance and private sector involvement. The webinar will question the role of international partners, coordination and solidarity to tackle fragility.


Moderator: Prof. Rym Ayadi, President, Euro-Mediterranean Economists Association (EMEA) and Professor at the Business School (Former CASS), City University of London


Ralph Chami, Assistant Director, International Monetary Fund and member of EMEA Advisory Board

Raphael Espinoza, Deputy Division Chief, International Monetary Fund and University of Oxford

Prof. Robert Klitgaard, Professor, Claremond Graduate University, USA

Prof. Thomas Risse, Professor, Otto Suhr Institute of Political Science, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

Mario Mansour, Director, Middle East Regional Technical Assistance Centre, International Monetary Fund

Daouda Sembene, Distinguished Fellow, Centre for Global Development, USA

Discussant (s): Cinzia Alcidi, Director of Research, Head of the Economic Policy Unit at the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), Belgium.

The webinar is organised by the Euro-Mediterranean Economists Association (EMEA) and will take place on Thursday 25 March at 15:00 CET on Zoom.

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March 25, 2021
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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