Share your views: What does the Middle East & North Africa region need now?



January 10, 2012

During 2011, the Middle East and North Africa region went under tremendous changes. On January 10, 2012 Inger Andersen, Vice President for the region at the World Bank, hosted a one-hour live discussion in English and Arabic to discuss what the region needs to build positively on these changes.

Replay the discussion below.


 

 


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Mustapha Baha
United States
Engaging Diasporas in the the development efforts in the motherland that is sustainable & with real commitment.
Farhad Mirzaei
Iran, Islamic Rep.
I am ready to join this discussion effectively,brecause it is under my qualification
Michel
Sweden
Know how - own sovereign - peace
Aman Khan
Bangladesh
The Middle-East and North Africa region needs perfect Governance, along with Education. Which will result in further growth in both the regions
Firas Siala
Tunisia
more civic education
Gustavo Brandao
Brazil
Many needs, but one is critical to the long-term survival and strengthening of all: fighting corruption! This action is the start-up for justice.
Pablo Sebastian Brachetti
Argentina
1.Education 3 Equitable and sustainable growth 4.Empowerment 5.Data 6. Finance. 7 Government
obkorkmaz
Turkey
first of all, all the region people want to live their beliefs.as in the east europe, they want more education,full access to health programs, and also democratical goverment with parliamenter regimes like TURKEY!
John Mushriqui
Egypt, Arab Rep.
Transformation in the Management of the private & governmental sector.
Evin Planto
United States
I am joining to learn more.
Tarek Amr
Egypt, Arab Rep.
We need investments in the form of new venture capitals calling for Egyptian social entrepreneurs to create new startups to educate people (40% illiteracy), other startups in Open Government to monitor the government & help people get engaged in the political reform. Startups in the field of media.
William Connor
South Africa
Sustainable aquaponic farms provides women employment, growth that provides protein to fight malnutrition and world hunger,financial independence,education,fertilizer to increase crop yield 30%,by "regrowing the worlds resources" through global development self-sustainable aquaculture
Zeferino Teka
United Kingdom
All the above. But First stability in governance (legitimate, democratic, transparent and strong system of governance)and repatriation of dictators' money for reconstruction and development.
Ilham Boularhmane
Morocco
We should prioritize and focus first on the reforms that set the structure, the environment, and the human capital necessary to achieve sustainable growth and jobs creation: * Education programs combined with knowledge sharing * Improving governance * Updating research and information data
Reb Thomas
United States
MENA needs greater knowledge sharing with the rest of the world. The MENA countries committed to the Knowledge Economy in Tunis 3 years ago. Now is the time to fully dedicate the people of the region to making knowledge and innovation their focus. KnowledgeEconomy domains can help with this effort.
Jaouad Berrada
Morocco
Practical achievement such as SME support and financing. Giving a chances to job creation and SMEs are a key element in job creation.
Hala Riad
Egypt, Arab Rep.
Transparency: Publishing by the donor entities of amounts and conditions of loans and aid given. Enforcement by the international community of anti-corruption measures and sanctions against the decision makers not against the country in order to stop the violence and support development
Derbal
Algeria
Very interesting idea
Rima Turk Ariss
Lebanon
Property Rights Protection & Efficient Judicial Enforcement: The legal system is not intended to protect the corrupt elite & legalize the expropriation of private benefits. Only then would a sense of accountability develop among leaders who desperately need to restore a long-lost credibility.
Abdul Alodaini
Yemen, Rep.
Human Resources Development Via Education Economic Growth Corruption
arafet
Tunisia
improving institution quality and governance changing mentalities improving eduction quality
Khaled Hussein
Tunisia
We need an excellent education system, not a copy of those found in the USA and Europe which are evolutions of the factory model. A system that encourages taking initiatives, creativity, individuality and curiosity.
Khaled Hussein
Tunisia
We also need learning how to identify and access opportunities, value what we have, our strategic positions so that we can use that fully for our good.
Khaled Hussein
Tunisia
We also need to, together, learn to trust each other, see the world bank as an assisting force, rather than a bureaucratic force that restricts our choices in exchange of aids and loans.
Khaled Hussein
Tunisia
We want to be set free, to think freely and productively, to have the tools and opportunities to put that thinking into action, and to recognize the world as a friendly place.
Mishkat Al Moumin
Iraq
The Middle East needs access to safe drinking water. 12 of the 15 most water-scarce nations in the world are in this region. The need is to review water policies to adopt a more participatory approach and recognize women as primary users of water.
Djamshid
France
I would like to get invovled in conversation on democracy and market economy in the region. Regards
J. Michael Cobb
United States
New public-private entities/ventures for all forms of infrastructure - to generate real work for the massive youth population - who need not only jobs but hope for the future.
Dr. R. Shashi Kumar
India
Strong policies related to inflation, food processing, occupational restructuring social safety nets; issues of aid and debt are to be reexamined. The need of the hour is not ready for take-off but of strengthening of structural adjustment process.
Rauf Mammadov
Azerbaijan
Region needs Does not need +development investment -dev'nt financing +transformation -transition +leaders -politicians +entrepreneurs -employees +YEmen -NOmen
Mustafa Mahmoud Hamdi Hassan Allethi
Egypt, Arab Rep.
Consciousness , Saving jobs,Quality accreditation for all organiations and institutions in the society,Transparency and cristability,CRC and saving the three Ps. for all the children,finance, I have more and more views but I think I need discussion fce to face.
Shaimaa
Egypt, Arab Rep.
We need social scientists, philosophers, psychologists, historians and geographers to rebuild the Egyptian culture based on the updated concepts of freedom, knowledge, humanities .... etc, and spread these knowledge through the media.
Shaimaa
Egypt, Arab Rep.
Reform the media which is still controlled by old minds that keeps creating the same culture (dictators and worshipers),(people who play god in dark ages of Islam... etc)
Shaimaa
Egypt, Arab Rep.
We need more scholarships and research agency that work in physical and natural science to assist researchers to conduct researches with less eligibility criteria (constrains) especially for women.
Shaimaa
Egypt, Arab Rep.
Create job opportunities for all social classes based on far competition, transparency and fairness
Khalid Siddig
Sudan
Adequate investment friendly policies in the agricultural sector, reliance on the domestic labor force, and transparency in the public expenditure.
Amal Shebaro
Lebanon
What is needed is Good Governance and Stability,and Real Independency, in addition to what was mentioned.
Nancy Fashho
Jordan
Legal enabling environemt for effective participation
Naava Mashiah
Israel
How do we integrate the israeli economy as a catalyst to crwate jobs in MENA region? How do we encourage israeli yputh and neighboring youth in Arab countries to take advantage of the shifting winds and economically cooperatw rathwr than continue isolation. Thank tou
Rami Al Wahaidy
West Bank and Gaza
Governance; Law and law enforcement; Strategic plans that assure equitable and sustainable growth; Finance for regional megaprojects (energy/water/wastewater/solid waste)
El Diwany, Sherif
Egypt, Arab Rep.
The integratioin of extra legal segments of the economy into the formal ones, is an existential question for Arab world. Mega leaps required in economic growth can be achieved with vast majority of assets are afforded the benefit of law.
HAMID ZADBOOM
Iran, Islamic Rep.
Needs for countries are very different. Because countries in this region are very different( economy, policies, governments, resources, people, security and...). first we must categorize countries, then account needs. It needs to time to explain more. Thanks
Kais Aliriani
Yemen, Rep.
No recipe for all Arab Countries. Let the people of the region think for themselves about their future. Most "common" needs are economic development and education. Without economic development many people cannot afford ed. Ed reform and challenging traditional ed is the way to make a difference.
Azza Karam
Egypt, Arab Rep.
Time to acknowledge the value of cultural capital (including an appreciation of the role(s) of spirituality in people's lives and a nuanced understanding of the nexus of religion - politics- development as part of all social, political and economic policies in, with and around the region.
Hicham FILALI
Morocco
The signs of solidarity; mutuality; care; warm human relationships; good morality and life high principles. With these you can bring anything meterial into hands; and it does not matter if we don't get them because inside is sufficent.
sendi
Tunisia
The region need only employment help from world bank to create more jobs
RAHEEL
Pakistan
OBVIOUSLY INTEREST FREE FINANCING.
Otabor Isaac
Nigeria
MENA need Financing,Knowledge sharing,Inclusion, Jobs,Equitable and sustainable growth, Governance,Data,a cleaner environment,Empowerment and Education.But most importantly are good governance,inclusion and empowerment.
Bashar Akkad
Syrian Arab Republic
We needs quality education, we need developed nations to stop selling weapons to our region, we need inclusions and exchange of students, experiences and ideas.
Adel Alghaberi
Yemen, Rep.
In my opinion what MENA region needs is that all powers and resources be used to the interest of people. Basic fundamentals to reach this overarching goal are democracy, transparency, accountability and responsibility.
Sumaia Al-kohlani
Yemen, Rep.
I suggest that we either use this coming even as a brain storm to what need to be discussed in the future either by choosing an economic, political, or social problem and discuss how its related to all the MENA countries, or by choosing a country and start discussing how that country can be helped.
Mondher Kalai
Tunisia
The MENA region needs sustainable development which requires FDIs to generate jobs and eradicate poverty, governance, revisiting the present educational system. These reforms cannot take place without a genuine democratic state.
Mondher Kalai
Tunisia
The MENA region needs sustainable development which requires FDIs to generate jobs and eradicate poverty, governance, revisiting the present educational system. These reforms cannot take place without a genuine democratic state.
Ivan Velchev
Bulgaria
I think that the main problem that Arab people will face will be changing their traditional law.The second is the execution of the new laws and democratic principals.We are witnesses of built but unfortunately not working Human Rights protecting system such as African Charter of Human Rights.
Baquer Namazi
Iran, Islamic Rep.
culture of democracy, Participatory governance, Equal rights of ALL citizens, particularly women and minorities,
Omair Haider Chowdhury
Bangladesh
NORTH AFRICA NEEDS TO SETTLE THEIR POLITICAL CONFLICTS IN ORDER TO BRING IN TOTAL PEACE, WHICH WILL FURTHER HELP THEM TO PROSPER..... ON THE OTHER HAND THE MIDDLE EAST NOW HAVE TO ASSESS THEIR POLITICAL CONDITION AND AVOID FURTHER CIVIL WARS....
Isaac
United States
Accountability, good governance, proper consequences and proper public financial management will increase MENA prosperity in a sustainable fashion
Raj Raina
United States
Also it may be useful to ask "What does the Middle East & North Africa region NOT need now?" The responses may not match the priorities of the World Bank's largest IDA & Trust Fund donors...
Sayed Jaffer Abass
India
i would like to join it
Spencer
United States
Civil and political rights, freedom from oppression and persecution, justice, due process, gender equality, investment in education and infrastructure, fair elections, stable government with checks and balances on power, free markets, property rights, private ownership
Carlos Andrade García
Ecuador
I believe Mena region needs a strong democratical network in order to support economic and social grow.
Selma
China
most of the ideas are already mentioned; it is important to figure to what extend a state, which doesnt support secularism and even acts against individualism, enhances or prevents advancement
Yasar Jarrar
United Arab Emirates
Community Engagement to fight corruption. Without effective anti-corruption frameworks, the next 10 years will be exactly like that last ten, and the Spring will be long forgotten
Muhammad Abushaqra
Egypt, Arab Rep.
The Arab-Arab developmental policies sharing is absent and the Arab spring showed that the people of this region is facing similar challenges so it is crucial for them to share their strategies and depend more on each others on their future economic regime.
Niveen Wahish
Egypt, Arab Rep.
Jobs, education and finance
Hilary Winchester
Australia
Education that empowers and focuses on creativity and outcomes. Graduates who can generate valuable jobs to develop the economy.
Mark de Vries
Netherlands
Complete restructuring in regards of foreign policy. International presurre created an unnatural instability and is influencing their internal politics and disregards the regions culture and traditions. Sectarian views come up and it drains the intelectual growth
Nadia Farooq
Pakistan
Corruption free state, Good Governence, Honest Politicians, Better standard of Education.
Abdel
Morocco
knowledge sharing, equitable and sustainable growth, good Governance, promote transparency, Women Empowerment, high education reform,... all these aspects can only be achievable under democratization and institutional change... how!?
Yakubu Usman A.
Nigeria
They need rethinking on their original values and adjustment on the current realities of life. I believe they also need genuine support from other nations. Instability moves like a web, it spreads beyond the limits of our sights. If allowed to persists it may culminate into a global challenge.
Yogesh Chandra Agrawal
India
MENA needs water and the real experts. Water is important for any person / country. Preservation of catchment areas to allow free and full flow in water streams and rivers is needed to fill village ponds, dams and reservoirs. Water harnessing structures should be economical and technically safe.
Yogesh Chandra Agrawal
India
MENA needs water and the real experts. Water is important for any person / country. Preservation of catchment areas to allow free and full flow in water streams and rivers is needed to fill village ponds, dams and reservoirs. Water harnessing structures should be economical and technically safe.
sameh victor tanios
Egypt, Arab Rep.
i think my country need investment in education , because when you have a good education you can have your opportunity for a good job , because i am working in the industrial field in paper sector its not easy to find qualified worker in egypt
Lassaad BEN AHMED
Tunisia
The Mena region need peace to create jobs and boost economic grooth. It is also necessary to operate the rules of the fair trade. Dignity and peace must be universal rights.
Farhad Mirzaei
Iran, Islamic Rep.
I am joining to learn more.
Radwa Helmy Abdel-Raouf
Egypt, Arab Rep.
Good quality education. The power of good education is that effective that it could change the difficult realities. Yet, given that this is a medium term plan, I wish to add that financial and technical support to micro, small and medium size enterprises is also much needed.
Adel
Libya
we demand the world to treat us as partners not as market place. to work with our nobles, not traitors. NGO's are the gateway
Nevres Dabil
Germany
Governance and education would bring peace and development in the region.
Dave Godfrey
United Kingdom
Stability and rule of law to promote private market investment
Hakim al Aghbari
Yemen, Rep.
The people in ME need stability, investment, jobs and accountable governments.
Awni Qaqish
United States
critical element is a free market place under the rule of law.Raising the standard of living by creating a sustaining economy that provides private sector jobs for the young. Respect for human rights should be one of the pillers of the new governance.
Samy Nadifi
United States
A plethora of needs. Areas with highest socioeconomic impact: Open borders for free movement of goods/services/labor accompanied by investment in transportation. Banks assume real financial intermediation role reduce crowding out of enterprise loans by treasuries. Technical and vocational training.
Saeed Al-Hamimi
Yemen, Rep.
Yemen needs first, Satbility, immergency programs, reforms - good governance
Houcine Boughanmi
Tunisia
MENA needs: 1)Jobs for a growing university graduates 2) improving the education system to be responsibe to the job market
Ghassan Kasabreh
West Bank and Gaza
Governance Financing Equitable and sustainable growth Jobs
Randa
United States
Job creation, education that provide the skills needed for the ME job market.
Mohsen Magar
Egypt, Arab Rep.
With Illetracy rate above the WW average in MENA, Education is cornerstone-not the traditional way-it should start with deploying Entrepreneurs and private investment in transforming Education into industry, creating jobs,capitalizing on IT knowledge and internet users in MENA.
Adel Sayed
Egypt, Arab Rep.
As political science analysist, and energy professional, the Middle East &North Africa needs now two urgent support : 1)real and quick solution of the Palestanian issue 2) enhanceing the emerging democracy of the Arab Spring
Dalia Khalil
Egypt, Arab Rep.
MENA region needs EDUCATION, whether formal or informal. MENA needs to build a new generation able to be critical, leaders, and use scientific thinking methods to reach its goals and objectives. Through proper quality education many other aspects of development will be reached as a result.
Assadi4000
France
Where can I find a comparative analysis of GNP/capita in the middle east. Regards
Meriem Ben Abdallah
Tunisia
New education system that has to foster a culture of initiative,creativity and tolerance to difference among citizens.Well-informed , well-educated citizens capable of critical thinking will naturally give birth to a real democracy where all challenges can be overcome.
Roger Zovighiaan
Lebanon
Mena needs equitable and sustainable growth and governance.
carol durante aka deliah davis
Afghanistan
wow
Wolf Poulet
Germany
Cumbersome processes, with different needs in each country. Of vital significance, following WB´s report "Voices of the Poor (2000)",is security, i.e. collect, analyze and support the local perception of required security structure´s, incl. public control (SSR/OECD).
Elisa
Italy
More information
Abdelsalam
Sudan
What is imprtant in governance is to ensure transparency and no minority will be excluded. Sustainable development require education for sustainable development. Cooperation between MENA is key factor in tackling environmental issues
Omari Williams
United States
A key goal should be to strengthen civil society and build trust among disparate groups with ultimate goal of holding government accountable and reducing corruption.
Vanessa Wilm
Germany
The MENA needs the support of western countries to get into clean energy business for a better development.
Abdellah El.
Morocco
1- Intensive investment in : Education & Health 2- Joining efforts in research in the field of human social science 3- Openned markets for workforces, consumers and capital
Giuliana Catania
Italy
Mena in my opinion needs first of all "knowledge" in all fields. Knowledge must be on western countries, who cannot understand the arab and muslim "forma mentis" but also in the sense of "know-how", freedom and education.
Shady Attia
Belgium
1. We need a legal framework allowing NGO's to participate as partners in the community development (We want to create a bike lane in our community but we can't) 2. We need to stop energy and water subsidies to start the Egyptian sustainable and environmental development
Shady Attia
Egypt, Arab Rep.
1. We need a legal framework allowing NGO's to participate as partners in the community development (We want to create a bike lane in our community but we can't) 2. We need to stop energy and water subsidies to start the Egyptian sustainable and environmental development