Tackling Egypt’s Economic Dilemma

A discussion with
Dr. Ahmed Galal
Managing Director
Economic Research Forum


Dr. Mohsin Khan
Nonresident Senior Fellow, Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East
Atlantic Council

Moderated by
The Hon. Francis J. Ricciardone
Vice President and Director, Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East
Atlantic Council

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Three years of political turmoil since the 2011 uprising in Egypt have crippled economic growth, reduced productivity, and led to rising poverty and inequality rates. Although it will take both structural and institutional economic reforms to effectively address this challenging mix of socioeconomic grievances and to increase growth, the country must implement an economic plan oriented toward both short- and long-term stabilization. Large inflows of external assistance from Gulf countries might help Egypt undertake unpopular austerity measures, such as the energy subsidy reforms started in July, but it remains to be seen whether this is a temporary fix, or the beginning of a concerted effort to rejuvenate sluggish economic performance.

Please join us for a timely conversation on Egypt’s economic future with two of the leading experts on the topic. Ahmed Galal, managing director of the Economic Research Forum and former finance minister of Egypt, will discuss how to tap into Egypt’s resources, and the vital link between economic and political reforms. Hariri Center Nonresident Fellow Mohsin Khan will offer recommendations for how Egypt’s government can best address the challenges ahead. Francis J. Ricciardone, the new Atlantic Council vice president and director of the Hariri Center for the Middle East, will moderate the discussion.

Please note that attendance is by invitation only and that invitations are non-transferable

DATE:                 Wednesday, September 10, 2014

TIME:                   12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. 

A light lunch will be served. 

LOCATION:      Atlantic Council
1030 15th St NW, 12th floor
Washington, DC 20005