“Understanding and avoiding the oil curse in the Arab world”, why is the topic important?

The conference was closed with a panel discussion moderated by Ahmed Galal, Managing Director of the Economic Research Forum. The Panel included Abdullatif Al-Hamad, Director General and Chairman of the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development; Ibrahim Elbadawi, Economic Policy and Research Center – EPRC, Dubai Economic Council & Economic Research Forum – ERF); and Alan Gelb, Center for Global Development, who provided a wrap-up of the discussions and highlighted the following steps.

Watch video interviews with Ahmed Galal, Abdullatif Al-Hamad and Ibrahim Elbadawi about the importance of the topic to the region and  the role of ERF in producing knowledge about the important issues of natural resources and long-term development.

Ahmed Galal, Economic Research Forum (ERF)

Abdullatif Al-Hamad, Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development (AFESD)

Ibrahim Elbadawi, Economic Policy and Research Center (EPRC) & Economic Research Forum (ERF)

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