Middle East and North Africa Investment Policy Perspectives

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Middle East and North Africa Investment Policy Perspectives highlights the considerable progress in investment policies made by the region’s governments over the past decade. Yet, the reform momentum needs to be sustained and deepened for the benefits of investment to be shared with society at large and for growth to be sustainable, particularly in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting global economic upheaval. The publication takes stock of investment policy trends and reforms in Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, the Palestinian Authority, and Tunisia, and draws out common challenges, offering suggestions of reform priorities. It considers several dimensions of the policy framework that affect the investment climate and places strong emphasis on how foreign investment can help economies of the region improve their citizens’ lives. The publication serves as reference point, informing policymakers on specific areas as they continue work on leveraging investment to advance inclusive and sustainable growth.

English Also available in: French, Arabic

Investment policy in fragile contexts

Fragility and crises are pervasive elements in some parts of the MENA region, weakening the potential of some countries to attract investment. This chapter discusses how the different dimensions of fragility affect investment in the focus economies, and outlines policy considerations to overcome challenges in attracting and retaining FDI. It presents the main drivers of fragility and explores their complex relationship with FDI. While fragility and crises may discourage investors, FDI is a crucial source of growth and financing to strengthen resilience in fragile scenarios.

English Also available in: French

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