Divergent Recoveries in Turbulent Times in the Middle East and North Africa


Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) invite you to a webinar on the IMF Regional Economic Outlook for the Middle East and North Africa.


24 May 2022 03:00pm - 04:20pm

Event Summary

With the global outlook increasingly shaped by the war in Ukraine and sanctions on Russia, what are the implications of this new shock for the region? How is the war’s impact exacerbating the challenges already posed by the Covid pandemic? How can countries in the region navigate this uncertain economic environment while also making progress towards a more resilient, inclusive, and greener future?

A panel of distinguished speakers will explore these and other pivotal issues from the IMF’s newly released Regional Economic Outlook: Middle East and Central Asia, in a discussion moderated by CNN’s anchor and correspondent, Eleni Giokos.

Join us online to learn more about the policy choices countries in the region face as they seek a path towards higher, sustainable, and inclusive growth. Panellists will also take questions from the audience during the Q&A session.


The panel discussion with Q&A will be moderated by Eleni Giokos, CNN’s anchor and correspondent based in Dubai. The distinguished panel includes:

Opening remarks by Alya AlZarouni, Executive Vice President - Operations, DIFC Authorit
Jihad Azour, Director of the Middle East and Central Asia Department at IMF
Alia Moubayed, MENA and Pakistan’s Chief Economist at Jefferies
Arif Husain, Chief Economist at United Nations World Food Programme
Marwan Muasher, Vice-President for Studies at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Nasser Saidi, Founder and President of Nasser Saidi & Associates

The event will be hosted on the IMF Live and REO pages. Attendees can post their questions for panellists on the IMF’s social media platforms, where the event will also be live streamed in English on YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook, and in Arabic on Twitter and Facebook MENA. The event will be conducted in English with Arabic interpretation.


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