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Economic Governance for Entrepreneurs in the MENA Region: Prioritizing Policy Challenges

Symbol: 
E/ESCWA/EDID/2018/TP.6
Issued in: 
2018

This paper identifies priority policy challenges to facilitate entrepreneurship in countries of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Based on evidence from the Doing Business and Worldwide Governance Indicators projects and a systematic review of relevant literature, the paper identifies three priority policy challenges for economic governance reform: i) competition policy, ii) access to finance, iii) entrepreneurial education. The paper argues that the improvement of economic governance in these three policy areas constitutes a crucial lever to promote entrepreneurship in MENA countries. By highlighting the interdependencies between these policy areas, the paper derives a set of policy recommendations for each of the identified policy challenge areas.