Regional Workshop on “Social Expenditure Monitor Framework for the Arab States” - ESCWA
Media advisory

18 Jun 2019

Beirut, Lebanon

Regional Workshop on “Social Expenditure Monitor Framework for the Arab States”

Beirut, Lebanon, 24-25 June 2019
What:    The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) is holding regional workshop entitled “A Social Expenditure Monitor Framework for the Arab States”. The workshop, jointly organized by the Economic Development and Integration Division, Statistics Division, and Social Development Division, falls within the framework of ESCWA’s project on “Social Expenditure Monitor (SEM): An Integrated Framework for Supporting Macro-Fiscal Policies and the Sustainable Development Goals”.
When:             24-25 June 2019
                        Opening: Monday 24 June 2019, at 9:00 AM
Where:            ESCWA Headquarters, Riad el-Solh Square, Beirut, Lebanon
  • Mr. Mounir Tabet, Deputy Executive Secretary, ESCWA
  • Mr. Moctar Mohamed El Hacene, Director, Economic Development and Integration Division, ESCWA
  • Mr. Federico Neto, Director, Social Development Division, ESCWA
  • Mr. Juraj Riecan, Director, Statistics Division, ESCWA
Why:     A comprehensive monitoring of public social expenditure would improve allocative efficiency and effectiveness of budgeting, as well as it will be an enabling tool to rationalize expenditure components toward achieving different objectives, including delivering quality public services and “social investments” that promote inclusive development, social stability, enhance economic growth and revenues over time.
              The workshop on “Social Expenditure Monitor Framework for the Arab States” aims at reviewing the social expenditure monitor draft developed by ESCWA, and providing feedback on dimensions, indicators, and design of the framework on social expenditure with a focus on tailoring it to national contexts.
              The workshop will also agree on next steps toward implementing the SEM to national contexts, including collaboration with national partners.
The ESCWA Communication and Information Unit (ECIU) kindly asks media representatives wishing to cover this meeting to confirm their attendance at +9611978815.
For more information:
-Nabil Abu-Dargham, Head, ESCWA Communication and Information Unit,
-Ms Rania Harb, Public Information Assistant, +961-70-008-879; email:
-Ms Maryam Sleiman, Public Information Assistant, +9611978815, email:
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