Conferences and Workshops

Arab Economic Integration: Between Hope and Reality

Date : 10/21/2001

Speakers : Multiple Speakers

Despite fifty years of repeated attempts at Arab economic integration, the results in terms of intraregional trade and investment flows have been very modest. This conference explained why and discussed possible ways forward. The speakers drew especially on the success of the European Union to assess the scope of Arab economic integration as an instrument for narrowing the persistent gap between the region's economic potential and its performance. Specific issues addressed include the economics and politics of Arab economic integration, barriers to trade and investment, vital conditions and incentives for integration, alternative paths to prosperity for Arab countries, and an analysis of the lessons to be learned from the European Union.