Rethinking the role of the state in the Middle East and North Africa - Economic Research Forum (ERF)

Rethinking the role of the state in the Middle East and North Africa

Rethinking the role of the state in the Middle East and North Africa

by Rabah ArezkiFerid Belhaj and Mahmoud Mohieldin DECEMBER 02, 2019

What should be the role of the state in MENA economies? This column argues that countries in the region should try to increase their level of accountability towards their citizenry by inculcating a culture of ‘value for money’, promoting the emergence of independent, yet accountable, regulators and relying less on the state to rejuvenate their economies.