Challenges and Reforms of Economic Regulation in MENA Countries

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Imed Limam
American Univ in Cairo Press, 2003 - Political Science - 233 pages
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In their drive to improve their competitiveness in the world economy, MENA countries are faced with the challenges of improving productive and allocative efficiency; reducing bureaucratic ineffectiveness, red tape, corruption, and excessive government intrusion; and improving the poor service delivery that has characterized the region for some time. Most of these challenges cannot be met without changing outdated regulations that have become unnecessary burdens. The challenges are urgent to meet in the case of certain key sectors -- telecommunications, e-commerce, banking, and international trade, in particular -- whose role has become increasingly important in a more globalized world. This volume focuses on the operating environments, institutional requirements, and links and interconnections between regulatory reform in different sectors of MENA economies.
 

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Contents

Introduction Challenges And Reforms Of Economic Regulation In MENA Countries
1
The Political Economy of Regulatory Challenges and Reforms in the MENA Region An East Asian Perspective
13
Media and Communications Regulation in MENA Countries A Regulatory Overview of MENA Countries
57
Reforms and Optimal Regulatory Design in MENA Countries Lessons from the Telecommunications Industry
81
The Business Economic and Policy Implications of ECommerce Lessons for MENA Countries
107
Living At ESpeed A Look at Egypts EReadiness
129
Cost Efficiency of Commercial Banks in Kuwait and the Need for Regulatory Reforms
159
Accounting Standards Country Region or World Perspective?
175
The International Dimension of Regulatory Reform with Applications to Egypt
193
Implementing the Agreement on Textiles and Clothing in the Mediterranean Region
213
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Dr. Imed Limam is deputy director general of the Arab Planning Institute in Kuwait and co-editor of the Journal of Development and Economic Policies. His areas of research interest are economic modeling, open-economy macroeconomics, and development economics, with a focus on Arab countries.

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