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Center for the Middle East

MENA: Economic integration urged

Mahmoud A. El-Gamal

MENA: Economic integration urged.

Long-term Visions 2030 economic plans for Egypt and Saudi Arabia were developed by each country in isolation, despite economic and political conditions that are similar to the 1990s, when many viewed regional integration as the way forward for the region’s economies.

This paper discusses the shortcomings of these narrow national visions and argues for a comprehensive framework for regional economic integration, wherein each country’s vision is harmonized with those of its neighbors.