The Untapped Potential for Economic Integration in the Levant
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The Untapped Potential for Economic Integration in the Levant

Street scenes in downtown Nablus. Photo: Arne Hoel/World Bank

Thursday, June 12th, 2014
Time: 9:00 a.m - 10:50 a.m. in Beirut (6:00 a.m. – 7:50 a.m. GMT, 2:00 a.m - 3:50 a.m. ET or convert time)
Location: Online

The live event has concluded. Stay tuned for the replay.

Join us for a lively discussion from the Regional Conference on Economic Integration in Beirut on the findings and recommendations of the World Bank study “Over the Horizon: A New Levant.”

Representatives from the private sector in the Levant will discuss the potentials for and barriers to deeper regional integration in goods and services trade. Key questions that will be addressed: Where are the untapped potentials for regional integration, and in which sectors? How can Levant economies benefit from complementarities and competitiveness through regional trade integration? What are the behind-the-border barriers? And what are the suggested policies/actions to remove these barriers in the short and long-term?

Participating in the discussion will be ministers of trade and economy, governors of central banks, representatives from chambers of in Egypt, Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, and the Palestinian Territories as well as entrepreneurs, think tanks, and academics.

Share your thoughts in the comments section below and tune in to hear the discussion!

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Sector Manager, World Bank
Study Author, Senior Economist, and Task Team Leader, World Bank
Advisor to the President of the Republic of Lebanon
Director of the Economic Development and Globalization Division, UN ESCWA
Lead Economist, World Bank
Lead Economist, World Bank
مطالعة أسئلة الآخرين
Kim J.H
Korea, Rep.
Considering the ongoing strife in the Levant, such as the Syrian Civil War and the Israel-Palestine conflict, how would economic integration overcome these and other obstacles?
Joe Mareei
Lack of political will is the main reason, if this resolved all other issues , even relevant, will become secondary issues.
Dr. Ashish Manohar Urkude
There is no dearth of talent in any part of this world. However, the authorities cannot utilise it properly is sad part of it. Hope this point will be touched in your discussion.
Dr. Ashish Manohar Urkude
Why can't the success story of western Europe at Economic fronts be repeated in, SAARC, and Levant? Why are artificial barriers and road blocks are created on purpose by top authorities around the world? Why can't people in this part and around the world live and let others live in peace and prosperity? Hope these points will get place in your all important discussion.
Leila Assem
The west or America doesn't want the region to be economically integrated becuase then it would be a powerhouse like the Ottomon empire was a long tim ago. Can you address the meddling of outside powers into the economic affairs of the middle east when you address the economic issues? This also can affect hte political will of countries to support one another when they support western powers.
Mai Ghattas
With the widespread sectarianism in Lebanon that prevents economic cooperation in one country, how can there be wider integration and cooperation with other countries? Also what about the GCC interference in the economies and the financial support, in playing a role in integration?