Inclusive growth to top agenda at Tunisia forum

Ahram Online, Tuesday 23 Oct 2012

Experts are to propose economic reforms that protect the vulnerable during next week's Canada-convened conference in the birthplace of Arab Spring

IDRC has been working in Egypt for over three decades

Ways of promoting growth in Arab countries without sparking social inequalities will top the agenda when economic experts meet in Tunisia at the end of October.

The 29-30 October conference, held in Tunis by the Canada-based International Development Research Centre (IDRC), will discuss economic reforms that could spur inclusive growth, with a focus on Arab countries that have seen recent upheaval.
"The popular uprisings in Arab countries that continue unabated today highlight the need for a fundamental re-assessment of the role of the state in economic development," the IDRC said in a statement.
Economies in countries like Egypt, Tunisia and Libya face a range of challenges as they attempt democratic transitions while meeting local demands for jobs and social protection.
A key member of Canada's foreign aid programme, IDRC has been active in Egypt and the Middle East region for over three decades.
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