For the last six weeks or so I have been more or less full time engaged in thinking about how we can generate employment opportunities for Syrians in countries that are hosting them, particularly those located in Syria’s near neighbors. I have reflected on my experience in working on private sector development in Syria nearly a decade ago. As someone who had worked in virtually every country in the Middle East I was amazed at the country’s industrial potential. So in thinking about how the Bank can help the Syrian refugees, my mind quickly turned to the question of finding the entrepreneurs and artisans behind this wealth of capabilities.
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