Roundtable Discussions

What is after Liberalizing Trade in Textiles & Ready-made Apparels? Challenges and Potentials for Egypt and Some MENA Countries

Date : 4/5/2006

Speakers : Miria Bigato, the World Bank; Ahmed Ghoneim, Professor of Economics, Cairo University

This roundtable discussion examined the effects, challenges and potentials facing MENA countries, with a focus on Egypt, Jordan, Tunisia and Morocco. It addressed the impact of eliminating the quota system on the share of these countries in world exports; whether Egypt and countries in the region are capable of competing after removal of the quota system; and short-term procedures that could enhance international exchange benefitting from this elimination.