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Is MENA a Region? The Scope for Regional Integration

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  • Stanley Fischer
  • Mohamed A. El-Erian
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    The paper analyzes the scope and implications of greater economic integration in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). After reviewing whether MENA satisfies the defining characteristics of a region, it documents the low level of regional economic interaction. It argues that gains from greater regional interactions will depend primarily on implementing domestic reform and external policies that, in any case, are needed for the region to benefit from the broader process of globalization of the world economy. It also discusses measures aimed directly at facilitating regional interaction.

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    Paper provided by International Monetary Fund in its series IMF Working Papers with number 96/30.

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    Length: 26
    Date of creation: 01 Apr 1996
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    Handle: RePEc:imf:imfwpa:96/30

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    Cited by:
    1. Daniel Müller-Jentsch, 2005. "Deeper Integration and Trade in Services in the Euro-Mediterranean Region : Southern Dimensions of the European Neighborhood Policy," World Bank Publications, The World Bank, number 7335, October.
    2. Hirut Wolde & Rina Bhattacharya, 2010. "Constraints on Trade in the MENA region," IMF Working Papers 10/31, International Monetary Fund.

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