Economic Development and Integration
The Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) aims, through economic monitoring, research, knowledge management, policy advice and capacity-building, to help the Arab region to attain long-term dynamic growth and equitable development. ESCWA should lead the way on economic development and regional integration by identifying looming development challenges and providing the appropriate policy support.
It strives to foster collaborative economic research with regional and global institutions, develop ahead-of-the-curve research, and translate policy recommendations into capacity development and specific programmes.
Modelling and Forecasting
Informed policymaking rests in part on modelling and forecasting research, some of the results of which are included in the annual flagship publication, Survey of Economic and Social Development in the Arab Region. The survey looks at the region’s socioeconomic development assets
Trade is an engine for growth and job creation. Trade, and hence regional integration, is mostly facilitated by enhancing complementarities and the removal of tariff and non-tariff barriers. The low level of trade within the region and the Arab region’s share of international trade
Transport and logistics
Improving transport and logistics leads to improved regional and international competitiveness and integration. The Arab region is set to benefit from the enhanced connectivity resulting from more efficient transport and logistics, which in turn will help to reduce the cost of trade.
Economic Governance and Planning
Good economic governance is a cornerstone for inclusive development. Accountability not only reduces opportunities for corruption in the public and private sectors and the misallocation of resources. In the long term it can contribute more generally to inclusive development,