South Africa has achieved a lot on its path to socioeconomic transformation since the beginning of democracy in 1994. Although much is known about the motivation and nature of the policies and institutional changes that drove this transformation, little is known about how they were executed. This workshop aims to review the South African experience in institutional reforms to draw lessons about why they succeeded. The emphasis is less on what was done and more on “the how to” of reforms. In particular, insights will be provided on the trade-offs policymakers faced, and the sequencing and complementarities among the various reforms. The aim is to discuss how Egypt can benefit from the South African experience in reforming its institutions.
Asad Alam. Country Director, Egypt, Yemen, and Djibouti, the World Bank