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WP/052 ‘Successful’ Development Models in the MENA Region

This paper provides a synthesis of the country cases in the Middle East and North Africa: Oman, Bahrain, Tunisia, and the United Arab Emirates. Although these countries differ in terms of resource endowments and economic evolution, they share common aspects of successful development. This chapter focuses on the developmental role played by good management of oil incomes, social cohesion, equitable distribution of oil resources, and political stability in Bahrain, Oman, and UAE, and human capital and trade openness in Tunisia. The chapter also discusses the major challenges faced by these countries, including particularly the need for political reforms, in order to achieve a higher and sustainable economic development. Finally, it draws some lessons for development.
Publisher:
UNU-WIDER
Series:
WIDER Working Paper
Volume:
2012/52
Title:
WP/052 ‘Successful’ Development Models in the MENA Region
Authors:
Imed Drine
Publication date:
May 2012
ISBN 13 Web:
978-92-9230-515-4
Copyright holder:
© UNU-WIDER
Copyright year:
2012
Keywords:
MENA region, development policy, governance
JEL:
O11, E6
Project:
Country Role Models for Development Success
Sponsor:
UNU-WIDER gratefully acknowledges the financial contributions to the project by the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, and the financial contributions to the research programme by the governments of Denmark (Royal Ministry of Foreign Affairs), Finland (Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs), Sweden (Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency—Sida) and the United Kingdom (Department for International Development—DFID).
Format:
online
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