EMNES VIRTUAL ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2020: WHAT PILLARS FOR RESILIENCE
OF THE SOCIO-ECONOMIC
MODELS POST COVID-19
PANDEMIC IN THE
MEDITERRANEAN?
The Euro-Mediterranean Network for Economic Studies (EMNES) organizes it's Virtual Annual Conference 2020: "what Pillars for Resilience of the Socio-Economic Models Post COVID-19 Pandemic
in the Mediterranean?". The event will take place online on Zoom,
on 17-18 December 2020, starting at 2:00 PM CET.
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When
17-18 December 2020
2:00 PM CET
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PROGRAMME

What Pillars for Resilience of the
Socio-Economic Models Post
COVID-19 Pandemic in the
Mediterranean?


COVID-19 pandemic has spread around the globe at a speed that caught governments unprepared in both developed and less developed countries. A global pandemic, caused by a little- known coronavirus, resulted in a major health crisis, which quickly transformed into an unprecedented economic and social crisis. Diverse and uncoordinated Policy responses struggled to respond to the trade-off between saving lives and maintaining the economies afloat.  The “Post-COVID 19” state of the world will, however, remain uncertain. The EMEA-EMNES research published in 2020, shows that countries exhibiting socio-economic vulnerabilities prior to the pandemic had lower capacity to mitigate the effects of the pandemic. In other words, the countries that have built a resilient system could better respond to the pandemic and rebound. Several pillars, including digitalisation, financial inclusion, social protection and safety net, regional integration via regional value chains, have been explored by EMNES research to offer economic policy answers on the design of recovery models post COVID-19. Against this background, the EMNES Annual Conference 2020 aims to discuss and to disseminate the results and conclusions of the work accomplished under EMNES policy research.  

The EMNES Annual Conference 2020 includes EMNES Researchers, EMNES Fellows, Associate Committee and Advisory Committee members, international economists, policy experts and policy makers. 

The Euro-Mediterranean Network of Economic Studies (EMNES) new socio-economic vision stems from the quest for long-term economic policy solutions aiming at more inclusive, sustainable and employment driven socio-economic development in the region.  

With the eruption of the COVID-19 pandemic, EMNES contributed actively to the EMEA regional policy research initiative on COVID-19 launched on 18 March 2020. 

As of March 2020, EMNES research covers the following areas: 

  • The role of institutions and labour markets; 
  • The role of the private sector and Micro, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises in achieving an inclusive development model;
  • Social business and social inclusion;
  • Health policy;  
  • Entrepreneurship and innovation; 
  • Finance, employment and inclusive growth;
  • Human capital, skill mismatches, job creation and migration; 
  • Macroeconomic policies, productivity and job creation;
  • Economics of the Euro-Mediterranean partnership; 
  • Regional integration and job creation; 
  • Sustainable development and sustainability; 
  • Scenario analysis and foresight; 

This list of research topics is evolving. 

Progress of work: www.emnes.org

SCHEDULE

DAY 1 – DAY 2


14:40 – 15:00 Opening Remarks Day 1

Rym Ayadi, President, Euro-Mediterranean Economists Association (EMEA), Director, Euro-Mediterranean Network for Economic Studies (EMNES)

15:00 – 15:30 Keynote Speech – The socio-economic impacts of COVID-19 and paths to recovery in Europe 

Daniel Gros, Distinguished Fellow and Member of the Board, Centre for European Policy Studies 

15:30- 16:00 Invited paper: Identification of Countries Resilience Factors during COVID-19 Pandemic
Presented by Moubarack Lo, Director General of the Bureau of Economic Prospective, Senegal and Senior Fellow, Policy Center for the New South


Discussant: Racha Ramadan, Associate Professor Cairo University 
16:00 – 16:10 Break
16:10 – 17:10 Session 1: Financial Inclusion, performance & employment 

Chair: Ralph Chami, Member of EMNES Advisory Committee and EMEA Advisory Board and Assistant Director, IMF  

Financial inclusion in MENA and its effects on unemployment
Presented by Nooh Alshyab, EMNES Country Director, Jordan, and Yarmouk University 

https://emnes.org/publication/financial-inclusion-in-the-middle-east-and-north-africa-and-its-effect-on-unemployment/ 

Discussant: Mohamed Belkhir, IMF

Financial inclusion and CAMEL-based performance in banks
Presented by Mais Shaaban, EMEA 

Discussant: Rania Makni, IHEC

17:10 – 17:20 Break
17:20 – 18:20 Session 2: Digitalisation, private sector & labor markets 

Chair: Maria Helena de Felipe, Advisory Board member, EMEA, President, AFAEMME

Digitalisation capacity of MSMEs in the Mediterranean: A new preparedness index
Presented by Yeganeh Forouheshfar, EMEA

Discussant: Serena Sandri, German Jordanian University 

Lives versus livelihoods: the COVID-19 pandemic and labor markets in the Arab States
Presented by Shireen Alazzawi, Research Fellow at Economic Research Forum and Lecturer in Economics, Santa Clara University

Discussant: Rim Mouelhi, EMNES Director Tunisia, Professor of Economics and Statistics since 2007 at ISCAE la Manouba University of Tunis

18:20 – 18:25 Conclusion Day 1
14:00 – 14:05 Opening Remarks Day 2

Rym Ayadi, President, Euro-Mediterranean Economists Association (EMEA), Director, Euro-Mediterranean Network for Economic Studies (EMNES)

14:05 – 14:25  Keynote Speech: Pillars of Resilience Post COVID-19 Pandemic in the Mediterranean 

H.E. Hala El Said, Minister of Planning and Administrative Reforms, Egypt 

14:25 – 14:55 Session 3: Social Protection 

Chair: Raja Almarzoqi, Member of EMNES Advisory Committee and EMEA Advisory Board and Institute of Diplomatic Studies

Social Security In Arab Countries: A Regional Comparison of the Well-Being of Older People
Presented by Najat El Mekkaoui, University Paris Dauphine

https://emnes.org/publication/social-security-in-arab-countries-a-regional-comparison-of-the-well-being-of-older-people/ 

Discussant: Marwa Biltagy, Cairo University

14:55 – 15:05 Break
15:05 – 16:00 Session 4: Regional integration and global value chains  

Chair: Roger Albinyana, Advisory Board member, EMEA, Director of Mediterranean Regional Policies and Human Development, IEMed

On the Future of Regional Integration in the Euro-Mediterranean: How COVID-19 will Affect Global Value Chains?
Presented by Chahir Zaki, EMNES Country Director, Egypt and FEPS Cairo University

Discussant: Sara Ronco, Researcher, EMEA

Global Value Chains: Participation and Development Opportunities: Hints from the Product Space
Presented by Giulio Vannelli, UNIFI

https://emnes.org/publication/global-value-chains-participation-and-development-opportunities-hints-from-the-product-space/ 

Discussant: Daniel Mirza, University of Tours

16:00 – 16:40 EMEA Featured Policy Contributions  

Chair: Cynthia Echave, EMEA    

Lebanon: A case of a compounded crisis
Presented by Sandra Challita, ESDES and EMEA 

https://euromed-economists.org/download/lebanon-a-case-of-a-compounded-crisis-a-tris-path-for-the-phoenix-to-re-emerge-from-the-ashes/ 

Discussant: Yacine Belarbi, CREAD

The impact of COVID-19 on the education system in Egypt
Presented by Marwa Biltagy, FEPS, Cairo University  

Discussant: Moundir Lassassi, CREAD

16:40 – 17:10 EMEA Featured Research

Chair: Barbara Casu, Professor, The Business School, City University of London   

Bank Business Models in Europe, Mediterranean and Africa
Presented by: Doriana Cucinelli, University Milano Bicocca and EMEA

Discussant: Anis Samet, American University of Sharjah 

17:10 – 18:20 Policy session: Education, Labour Markets & Future of Work Post COVID-19 

Moderator: Cinzia Alcidi, Director of Research, Centre for European Policy Studies

Ekkehard Ernst, Chief of the Macroeconomic Policies and Jobs Unit, ILO

Otaviano Canuto, Director, Center for Macroeconomics and Development and Senior Fellow, Policy Center for the New South

Floriana Folsi, Foriana Human Capital Development expert and Country Coordinator Algeria

Nathalie Creste, Advisor, Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, European Commission

Rym Ayadi, President, EMEA and Director EMNES

Raja Khalidi, Director, Palestine Economic Policy Research Institute (MAS)

Hicham Sebti, Director, Euromed Business School

18:20 – 18:25 Announcement of the EMNES Call for Papers 2021 and EMEA Prize for Best Economic Policy Paper 2021. 

SPEAKERS

who’s IN THE CONFERENCE?


Rym Ayadi
President Euro-Mediterranean Economists Association (EMEA), Director, Euro-Mediterranean Network for Economic Studies (EMNES)

Daniel Gros
Distinguished Fellow and Member of the Board, Centre for European Policy Studies

Moubarack Lo
Director General of the Bureau of Economic Prospective, Senegal and Senior Fellow, Policy Center for the New South

Racha Ramadan
Associate Professor, Cairo University

Ralph Chami
Member of EMNES Advisory Committee and EMEA Advisory Board and Assistant Director, IMF

Nooh Alshyab
EMNES Country Director, Jordan, and Yarmouk University

Mohamed Belkhir
Senior Economist at the International Monetary Fund-Middle East Center for Economics and Finance, in Kuwait.

Mais Sha’ban
Assistant Professor of Banking and Finance at Al-Zaytoonah University of Jordan

Rania Makni
Assistant Professor at the Institutes of High Commercial Studies (IHEC)

Maria Helena de Felipe
Advisory Board member, EMEA, President, AFAEMME

Yeganeh Forouheshfar
Junior Economist and Researcher at EMEA

Serena Sandri
Assistant Professor at the Management Department of German Jordanian University

Shireen Alazzawi
Research Fellow at Economic Research Forum and Lecturer in Economics, Santa Clara University

Rim Ben Ayed Mouelhi
EMNES Director Tunisia, Professor of Economics and Statistics since 2007 at ISCAE la Manouba University of Tunis

H.E. Hala El Said
Minister of Planning and Administrative Reforms, Egypt

Raja Almarzoqi
Member of EMNES and EMEA Advisory Boards and Institute of Diplomatic Studies

Najat El Mekkaoui
Senior Economist and Professor in Economics at the University Paris Dauphine

Marwa Biltagy
Associate Professor of Economics, Faculty of Economics and Political Science, Department of Economics, Cairo University, Egypt

Roger Albinyana
Advisory Board member, EMEA, Director of Mediterranean Regional Policies and Human Development, IEMed

Chahir Zaki
EMNES Country Director, Egypt and FEPS Cairo University

Sara Ronco
Researcher, EMEA

Giulio Vannelli
Research Assistant at Paris School of Economics

Daniel Mirza
Professor at the University of Tours

Cynthia Echave
Architect & Urban Planner specialized in Urban Ecology

Sandra Challita
Faculty Member at ESDES Business School in Lyon

Yacine Belarbi
Chief of the Economic Governance and Regulation Division in CNES (Conseil national économique et social)

Moundir Lassassi
Researcher at the Research Centre in Applied Economic for Development (CREAD)

Barbara Casu
Professor, The Business School, City University of London

Doriana Cucinelli
Research Fellow and Adjunct Professor of Financial Intermediaries at University of Milano Bicocca, Italy

Anis Samet
Associate Professor of Finance at the American University of Sharjah (AACSB accredited), UAE

Cinzia Alcidi
Director of Research, Centre for European Policy Studies

Ekkehard Ernst
Chief of the Macroeconomic Policies and Jobs Unit, ILO

Otaviano Canuto
Director, Center for Macroeconomics and Development and Senior Fellow, Policy Center for the New South

Floriana Folisi
Foriana Human Capital Development expert and Country Coordinator Algeria

Nathalie Creste
Advisor, Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, European Commission

Raja Khalidi
Director, Palestine Economic Policy Research Institute (MAS)

Hicham Sebti
Director, Euromed Business School

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SPEAKERS BIOS

WHO THEY ARE


Rym Ayadi

Rym Ayadi

President, Euro-Mediterranean Economists Association (EMEA)
Director, Euro-Mediterranean Network for Economic Studies (EMNES)

Daniel Gros

Distinguished Fellow and Member of the Board, Centre for European Policy Studies

Moubarack Lo

Director General of the Bureau of Economic Prospective, Senegal and Senior Fellow, Policy Center for the New South

Racha-Ramadan

Racha Ramadan

Associate Professor, Cairo University

Ralph Chami

Member of EMNES and EMEA Advisory Boards and Assistant Director IMF

Nooh-Alshyab

Nooh Alshyab

EMNES Country Director, Jordan, and Yarmouk University

Mohamed-Belkhir

Mohamed Belkhir

Senior Economist at the International Monetary Fund-Middle East Center for Economics and Finance

Mais-Shaban

Mais Sha’ban

Assistant Professor of Banking and Finance at Al-Zaytoonah University of Jordan

Rania-Makni

Rania Makni

Assistant Professor at the Institutes of High Commercial Studies (IHEC)

Maria Helena de Felipe

Maria Helena de Felipe

Advisory Board member, EMEA, President, AFAEMME

Yeganeh Forouheshfar

Yeganeh Forouheshfar

Junior Economist and Researcher at EMEA

Serena Sandri

Serena Sandri

Assistant Professor at the Management Department of German Jordanian University

Shireen Al Azzawi

Shireen Alazzawi

Research Fellow at Economic Research Forum and Lecturer in Economics, Santa Clara University

Rim Ben Ayed Mouelhi

Rim Ben Ayed Mouelhi

Professor of Economics and Statistics at ISCAE la Manouba University of Tunis

Hala H. El Said

Minister of Planning and Administrative Reforms, Egypt

Raja Almarzoqi

Member of EMNES and EMEA Advisory Boards and Institute of Diplomatic Studies

Najat El Makkaoui

Senior Economist and Professor in Economics at the University Paris Dauphine

Marwa Biltagy

Marwa Biltagy

Associate Professor of Economics, Faculty of Economics and Political Science, Department of Economics, Cairo University, Egypt

Roger Albinyana

Advisory Board member, EMEA, Director of Mediterranean Regional Policies and Human Development, IEMed

Chahir Zaki

Chahir Zaki

Associate Professor of Economics at the Faculty of Economics and Political Science, Cairo University

Sara Ronco

Researcher, EMEA

Giulio Vannelli

Research Assistant at Paris School of Economics

Daniel Mirza

Professor at the University of Tours

Cynthia-Echave

Cynthia Echave

Architect & Urban Planner specialized in Urban Ecology

Sandra Challita

Faculty member at ESDES Business School in Lyon

Yacine-Belarbi

Yacine Belarbi

Chief of the Economic Governance and Regulation Division in CNES (Conseil national économique et social)

Moundir Lassassi

Moundir Lassassi

Researcher at the Research Centre in Applied Economic for Development (CREAD)

Barbara Casu

Professor, The Business School, City University of London

Doriana Cucinelli

Doriana Cucinelli

Research Fellow and Adjunct Professor of Financial Intermediaries at University of Milano Bicocca, Italy

Anis-Samet

Anis Samet

Associate Professor of Finance at the American University of Sharjah (AACSB accredited), UAE

Cinzia Alcidi

Cinzia Alcidi

Director of Research, Centre for European Policy Studies

Ekkehard Ernst

Chief of the Macroeconomic Policies and Jobs Unit, ILO

Otaviano-Canuto

Otaviano Canuto

Director, Center for Macroeconomics and Development and Senior Fellow, Policy Center for the New South

Floriana-Folisi

Floriana Folisi

Human Capital Development Expert at the European Training Foundation (ETF)

Nathalie-Creste

Nathalie Creste

Advisor, Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, European Commission

Raja Khalidi

Director, Palestine Economic Policy Research Institute (MAS)

Hicham Sebti

Hicham Sebti

Director, Euromed Business School

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Working Paper

Financial inclusion in the Middle East and North Africa and its Effect on Unemployment

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Working Paper

Social Security in Arab Countries: A Regional Comparison of the Well-Being of Older People

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Working Paper

Global Value Chains – Participation and Development Opportunities: Hints from the Product Space

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Policy Paper

Lebanon: A Case of a Compounded Crisis: A TRIS Path for the Phoenix to Re-emerge From the Ashes

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