Promoting Trade in Services in the Middle East and North Africa : Pilot Project

While some developing regions have managed to insert themselves into global production chains, the Middle East and North Africa remains linked to the world economy through simple resource-based activities: oil, minerals, tourism and labour migration. Restrictive regulations and low levels of efficiency undermine industrial and export performance, and deter investment.

This grant will allow researchers in Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and Morocco to

  • construct databases on the regulatory frameworks - including foreign investment regimes - governing selected services (banking and insurance, telecommunications and transport);
  • assess the current situation in these sectors;
  • investigate causal links between regulatory provisions and sector performance; and
  • draw lessons to assist policymakers in developing key modern services.

This knowledge will add significant value to reforms underway in the region.

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Start Date

Thursday, October 19, 2006

End Date

Tuesday, March 31, 2009


18 months

IDRC Officer

Joekes, Susan

Total funding

CA$ 336,300


Egypt, Jordan, Middle East, Lebanon, Morocco, North of Sahara, South of Sahara, Central Asia, Far East Asia, South Asia

Project Leader

Dihel, Nora


Economic Research Forum

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