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Regional Workshop on the KE, CMI


The main challenge in the MENA region today is to create more, better paid, decent, and higher quality jobs. A key way for MENA countries to meet this challenge is to invest more in knowledge and innovation related areas and to develop competitive, high productivity, and sustainable economic activities—that is, to make a move to a knowledge economy (KE). The CMI’s work on the Knowledge Economy for Growth and Employment in the MENA Region aims to inform key policymakers and interested stakeholders from the region on the importance of using a KE approach as a key element in any government’s long-term strategy to foster growth and create employment. One of the main outcomes of this work is the development of a report on this topic.


On November 12-13, 2011 the CMI organized a workshop on Knowledge Economy, Job Creation and Government Policies to discuss this important challenge with stakeholders from the region, in partnership with the MENA region of the World Bank, the World Bank Institute (WBI), the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), and the European investment Bank (EIB). This event brought together some fifty participants, including policy makers from MENA countries: Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco and Tunisia; experts from regional and international organizations, such as the Islamic Development Bank (IDB), the Arab Labour Organization (ALO), the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), Forum Euroméditerranéen des Instituts de Sciences Économiques (FEMISE); and representatives from the private sector and the civil society in MENA.


At the workshop, participants shared their experiences on the development of KE strategies as well as on policies related to education, innovation, and ICTs. They discussed ways to create more and better jobs in the region through investments in various knowledge-related domains, and underlined the need for further policy reforms for the successful implementation of knowledge-based development strategies in the region.


The two day workshop was structured along the following themes:

  1. Knowledge Economy, Growth, and Employment;
  2. Country Experiences on the Knowledge Economy;
  3. Education and Employment Challenges;
  4. Innovation and Employment Opportunities;
  5. Knowledge Society in the Arab Region: Perspectives from the Arab Knowledge Report;
  6. Reforms for the Knowledge Economy in MENA;
  7. Knowledge Economy and Regional Integration; and
  8. Next Steps. 


View or download the documents thereafter.


1.Regional workshop on the KE summary

2.Regional workshop on the KE program

3.Regional Workshop on the KE list of participants

4.Regional workshop on the KE BIOS