Jobs in the Middle East and North Africa - Webcast
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Jobs in the Middle East and North Africa - Webcast

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

While political transitions are underway across much of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, the struggle to find a decent job has not become any easier.

MENA has the world’s highest rate of youth unemployment and the fewest women in the labor force. The region’s new governments have an opportunity to enact game-changing reforms to create a more dynamic private sector that will drive growth and generate jobs.

Managing change on this scale will require building a consensus around a shared view on the obstacles in the way of growth and job creation, and engaging all stakeholders in a plan for overcoming them. Every transition is unique, but MENA will be able to draw on the experiences of other regions that have faced similar circumstances, and provide lessons for regions that will face similar challenges in the future.

Findings from a forthcoming flagship report from the MENA region of the World Bank were presented in a seminar at the IMF-World Bank 2012 Annual Meetings in Tokyo. Panelists discussed their experiences in helping regions build the consensus needed for the creation of more equitable societies, which provide opportunities for the many rather than the few, and the respective role of governments and civil society in the process.


Steen Jorgensen, Sector Director for Human Development, MENA, World Bank

Nizar Baraka, Minister of Economy and Finance, Morocco
Dr. Omneia Helmy, Acting Executive Director, Egyptian Center for Economic Studies
Asim G. Keskin, Deputy Director General, Turkish Employment Institution (ISKUR)

Chair: Inger Andersen, Vice President, MENA, World Bank

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Watch the archived video of the event below.