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The ADP Blog is an open platform for practitioners and researchers working on development issues in Arab countries. The ADP welcomes blogs in Arabic, English and French.
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  • Lessons Learned from Public-Private Partnerships in Infrastructure in the Arab World: A Cautionary Tale – Part III

    Julia Devlin, 05 Mar 2015  |  0 Comments
    Reality check: Not all public-private partnership (PPP) projects in the Arab world are a success. Less successful projects have been hindered by a number of factors, such as: choosing PPP arrangements and sectors with limited global experience; insufficient government guarantees in the absence of adequate regulatory and legal provisions; high demand risk; a lack of preparedness on the part of government entities; and weak inter-ministerial coordination.   A recent World Bank project in Egypt, West Delta Water Conservation and Irrigation Rehabilitation, offers some useful...Read More
  • Lessons Learned from Public-Private Partnerships in Infrastructure in the Arab World: Success Stories – Part II

    Julia Devlin, 05 Mar 2015  |  0 Comments
    In a growing number of successful public-private partnerships (PPPs) in the Arab world, factors that have contributed to good outcomes include: experienced international and local investors; infrastructure construction combined with service maintenance; and, in some cases, innovative financing coupled with a competitive and transparent procurement and bidding process. In general, PPP arrangements have been aligned with global practices and addressed critical local needs and infrastructure services gaps. Innovative public entities play an important role as do strong legal and...Read More
  • Lessons Learned from Public-Private Partnerships in Infrastructure in the Arab World – Part I

    Julia Devlin, 05 Mar 2015  |  0 Comments
    While private sector participation in infrastructure in the Arab world has tended to lag behind other middle-income regions, public-private partnerships (PPPs) have increased markedly since the 1990s. Most PPPs are concentrated in the telecommunications and energy sectors, similar to global trends, with a rising number of water and sewerage projects and transport transactions. PPP growth is in line with infrastructure development across the Arab world, which has outpaced other developing regions, most notably in electricity generation, transport (paved roads), and water and...Read More
  • Water Consumption in Agriculture

    Shibu B. Dhar, 05 Mar 2015  |  0 Comments
    While the population explosion and excess personal usage strain water supplies across the Arab region, a second source of water stress is that of agriculture. Agriculture is the major driver of economy and food security and employs over 21 percent of the population in Middle East and North African (MENA) countries. Most MENA countries use 75 percent to 90 percent of their water resources for the agricultural sector. All countries are net importers of food. No one knows better than MENA farmers that agriculture depends on water. Because the region is prone to drought, lack of water...Read More
  • Egypt's Credit and Monetary Policies

    Ahmed Ghoneim [], 05 Mar 2015  |  0 Comments
    Egypt's monetary policy has changed over the past two decades. The 1991 Economic Reform and Structural Adjustment Program (ESRAP)—adopted in collaboration with the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund—dramatically changed the role of monetary policy, which was geared to anchoring the nominal exchange rate, even after the ERSAP program, until 2003. But the vulnerability of the economy in terms of foreign exchange earnings emphasized the importance of addressing exchange rate issues.   Institutional setup and exchange rate system   The institutional...Read More
  • Current Tunisian Monetary Policy

    Sofiane Ghali - Co-Author: Sami Rezgui, 05 Mar 2015  |  0 Comments
    Monetary sector policy should aim at containing inflation, preserving foreign exchange reserves, and strengthening the banking sector to address numerous economic and social challenges. Tunisia’s major medium-term concerns are to reduce high unemployment, especially among the youth and to mitigate regional economic disparities by establishing foundations for higher and more inclusive economic growth.   Since the 2011 revolution, the country has faced significant macroeconomic imbalances as authorities focused largely towards appeasing social demands and the vulnerabilities...Read More
  • Reforming Tunisia’s Subsidy Regime

    Sofiane Ghali - Co-Author: Sami Rezgui, 05 Mar 2015  |  0 Comments
    Tunisia’s history with government subsidies began in the 1970s, but has grown rapidly over the last few years. Price subsidies are provided for several staple foods such as cereals (durum wheat, bread wheat, barley, and corn), milk, sugar, tomato sauce, and cooking oils (excluding olive oil). In addition, they cover energy products, including refined petroleum products, natural gas, and electricity. Although the levels of subsidy have grown significantly since the revolution as a means to placate social pressures, the current subsidy scheme is both regressive and socially inequitable...Read More
  • Sectorial Transformation of the Tunisian Economy – Services and Manufacturing

    Sofiane Ghali - Co-Author: Sami Rezgui, 05 Mar 2015  |  0 Comments
    As employment in agriculture dropped 17% from 1975 – 2011, employment in the service sector boomed. As a whole, employment in services accounted for more than half of total employment in 2011 (compared to 33 %[1] in 1975), the largest part accruing to private services with 32 % (compared to 22 % in 1975).   Available data on the entire services sector and notably market services, show that its performance is quite remarkable compared to industry and agriculture. Services achieved the best performance in terms of both value added and the absorption rate of skilled workers...Read More
  • Arab Banking: Economic Performance – Part VII

    Wafik Grais, 05 Mar 2015  |  0 Comments
    This final section this seven-part series examines Arab banking’s economic performance, or the ability of the banking sector to promote economic growth and foster inclusion, particularly for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs).   In short, the financial systems of Arab countries appear to be less effective in fostering economic growth and financial inclusion than those of peer countries with similar financial depth (Barajas and Chami 2013).   In the aggregate, balance sheets seem to be heavily concentrated on public sector financing in non-GCC countries...Read More
  • Arab Banking: Financial Performance – Part VI

    Wafik Grais, 05 Mar 2015  |  0 Comments
    Bank performance can be viewed from two perspectives. The first is from the perspective of bank profitability, liquidity, and solvency, or financial performance. The second is from the perspective of bank effectiveness in fulfilling their intermediation function in financing the economy and providing inclusive banking services, or economic performance. This Part VI of this seven-part series on Arab banking examines financial performance.   A major aspect of bank performance is the ability to manage credit risk in order to limit the relative size of nonperforming loans (...Read More


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