The London Conference

Break-Out Sessions - Group Two: The Middle East and North Africa: Divergent Economic Trajectories

Thursday 21 June, 1530 – 1645

The MENA region faces a complex mixture of increasing potential for external economic support and deepening internal economic problems that are both produced by and sustain conflict. The Chinese Belt and Road Initiative provides a means for North African economies to develop growth, increase domestic levels of employment and foster regional integration in the Maghreb. But in Iraq, Syria and Libya, war economies are entrenching themselves, and war economy elites have strong incentives to disrupt peace efforts. How can these war economy cycles be broken, and positive opportunities for growth and reform be seized?



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