By Mustapha Kamel Nabli
The realm s consciousness to the international locations of the center East and North Africa (MENA) zone has usually been ruled via headline concerns: clash, sanctions, political turmoil, and emerging oil costs. Little of this foreign consciousness has thought of the wide diversity of improvement demanding situations dealing with this assorted workforce of nations. Breaking the obstacles to raised monetary progress displays the accumulated deliberating the realm financial institution s place of work of the manager Economist for the MENA zone at the long term improvement demanding situations dealing with the sector and the reform priorities and techniques for successfully assembly those demanding situations. it's a accomplished reform time table to damage the limitations to better monetary development, to make sure enough jobs will be created for the sector s speedily growing to be hard work strength. At its middle, it calls for the sector s public sector-dominated economies to maneuver to non-public sector-driven economies, from closed economies to extra open economies, and from oil-dominated and risky economies to extra strong and assorted economies. This publication examines a few of these reforms and the complicated concerns surrounding their winning implementation. to ensure that the international locations of the MENA zone to effectively enforce the reforms wanted for greater progress and task construction, they are going to additionally have to handle the basic weaknesses in governance during the area.
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Each transition implies deep changes in the role of government and strong improvements in its effectiveness. The governance agenda is not a separate challenge, to be worked on at its own pace. It is a complementary and reinforcing agenda to reform efforts—in private investment, trade, and economic diversification—that change governance mechanisms, thereby improving capacity and incentives within government, while fostering a larger role for civil society in governance. While better governance cannot guarantee optimal economic policies, it is indispensable to guard against persistently poor policies and to ensure that the good policies needed to meet the Arab region’s growth potential enjoy legitimacy and are implemented faithfully and with celerity.
External accountability, to help citizens participate in and monitor government, can come from actions at both the national and local levels. Such measures include greater freedom of information and public disclosure of government operations, including data on government quality; wider public debate by an independent and responsible media and by representative civil society groups; and regular and competitive elections with external oversight to ensure they are fair and open. At the local level, external accountability can come from providing citizens with effective feedback mechanisms on public agencies, expanding choices in public service delivery, devolving responsibilities to empowered local communities, and by actively soliciting the participation of community empowerment organizations.