Upgrading Lebanese Economic Analytical Capacity

Lebanon has endured a series of political and economic crises that have resulted in a steady exodus of qualified personnel in many professions. This explains at least in part why economic policymaking has not rested on sound analysis of economic issues. Lebanon needs to upgrade its analytical capacity within key economic policy institutions both to respond to short-term challenges and to develop medium-term policy. This project will attempt to meet this need by setting up an innovative partnership between the Lebanese Economic Association (LEA) and the Ministries of Economy and Trade and Social Affairs. LEA is composed of economists experienced in research and working in international development institutions, some living inside and some outside the country.

The project team will endeavor to enhance civil servants' skills in economic analysis and policy discussion in two steps. The first will consist of a training seminar for about 12 civil servants from the two ministries, in contemporary approaches to current policy issues such as privatization, fiscal policy, exchange rates, and liberalization of such sectors as air transport. The second will consist of guided preparation of analytical reports by the participants, grouped in two working groups, each focusing on a topic of fundamental importance to the implementation of the country's development strategy. The first topic is the design of a universal pension and healthcare scheme for the elderly, and the second is the development of an official, scientifically rigorous method of measuring prices and inflation. In addition to improving the quality of economic policymaking, the project is expected to demonstrate the value of broad consultation both within and outside government

Project ID

105541

Project status

Closed

Start Date

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

End Date

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Duration

24 months

IDRC Officer

Belhaj Hassine, Nadia

Total funding

CA$ 244,900

Countries

Lebanon, Middle East, Central Asia, Far East Asia, South Asia

Program

Employment and Growth

Project Leader

Chaaban, Jad

Institution

Lebanese Economic Association

Institution Country

Lebanon

Institution Website

http://www.leb-econ.org