On June 25-26, 2012 the Center for Mediterranean Integration (CMI) and the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) co-organized a regional workshop to discuss the draft report entitled Transforming Arab Economies: The Knowledge and Innovation Road at the ISESCO offices in Rabat, Morocco. This report is being developed by the CMI, together with the World Bank (Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region and the World Bank Institute), the European Investment Bank (EIB), and ISESCO. This workshop marked the follow-up to the first consultative regional workshop that took place at the CMI in November 2011.
The main aim of this workshop was to get feedback on the draft report from a set of selected experts and informed change agents (mostly from the Arab world) who are involved in KE-related policies in their countries. The meeting also provided an opportunity to discuss ways of starting in-country consultations--or deepening the ones that have started on the adoption of the knowledge and innovation approach, notably in Morocco--and to gain a better understanding of how the dissemination of the report can be further engineered in different national contexts. Participants included stakeholders from government, the private sector, and civil society from Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco and Tunisia, as well as experts from regional and international organizations such as the EIB, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), Institut de la Méditerranée, the Korea Development Institute, the Migration Policy Institute, and the World Bank.
The workshop, which spanned a day and a half, was structured along the main themes developed in the draft report:
Introduction and Overview of the Report: Main Messages
Part 1: Transforming Arab Economies: Why, What, How?
Part 2: Policy Pillars: Economic and Institutional Regime, Education, Innovation, and ICTs, and
Promoting Growth Sectors
Part 3: Country Strategies: Trends and Orientations
Follow Up Process and Next Steps
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