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(MENA Region) Ferid Belhaj: Is there hope for the economies in the MENA region? (Al Jazeera)

The World Bank vice president for the Middle East and North Africa discusses the financial impact of ongoing conflicts.

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) accounts for a large share of the world’s petroleum production and exports.

But despite the region’s natural wealth, years of conflict and turmoil have triggered many political and economic challenges: from the Arab Spring to civil wars in Syria, Iraq, Libya and Yemen; from the fragile economies of Jordan, Lebanon, and Tunisia to the COVID-19 pandemic.

So, is there hope for the economies in the region? And how can they find a way forward? We speak to Ferid Belhaj, the World Bank vice president for the MENA region.

https://www.aljazeera.com/program/talk-to-al-jazeera/2021/1/23/ferid-belhaj-is-there-hope-for-the-economies-in-the-mena-region