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The European Union (EU), the United States, and the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM). Also, IPEMED (Economic Foresight Institute for the Mediterranean Region); KNOMAD (Global Knowledge Partnership on Migration and Development); Tunisia School of Business; Mediterranean School of Business; local business unions and think tanks; trade ministries in the region with a trade and integration strategy, such as Jordan, Morocco, and Tunisia with the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement, and Libya with the World Trade Organization (WTO).
The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is among the least integrated region in the world, regionally and globally.
The MENA region suffers from a lack of private investment and high unemployment rates, including among the young educated people.
To provide a new impulse to spur the integration of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) countries at the bilateral, regional, and global levels, to foster knowledge sharing among Arab policy makers and experts on trade and economic integration issues (through publications, workshops, and networks), and to help the MENA Region reap the benefits of globalization beyond oil and gas. Integrating MENA contributes to regional integration through the development of a regional platform for strengthening collective action on trade and economic integration.
Effective results on the ground require: i) time to strengthen collective action in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), mainly by establishing a network of “champions” from various constituencies, fostering business-to-business dialogue and actions, and enhancing communication on the agenda, including with national ministries and regional institutions; ii) greater advocacy with the World Bank Group (WBG) country teams on the importance of cross-border solutions and regional integration, eventually including lending operations; and iii) stronger partnerships with private and public actors to maintain momentum on the importance of trade and economic integration to achieve higher and sustained economic growth and reduce poverty.