MENASourceMay 11, 2022
Emerging market investments are shrinking. How will MENA countries hit FDI targets?
By Amjad Ahmad
A US economic slowdown or a recession couldn’t come at a worse time for emerging markets, particularly those in MENA, where most are fighting chronic unemployment, slowing growth, and higher debt levels.
MENASourceMar 10, 2022
Fintech is opening new doors in MENA for inclusive finance
By Allison Holle
On March 1, the Atlantic Council’s empowerME Initiative, in partnership with ABANA, held a virtual event to discuss the opportunities for inclusive finance that the financial technology (Fintech) sector presents to the Middle East and North Africa’s (MENA) population.
MENASourceMar 7, 2022
Turkey and the UAE are getting close again. But why now?
By Amjad Ahmad, Defne Arslan
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s February 14 visit to the UAE indicates that rapprochement is well underway. Strategic and economic factors are behind this shift and many benefits can come from closer ties.
Event RecapFeb 14, 2022
Moving the Arab population from ‘job seekers’ to ‘job creators’: How governments are promoting and supporting entrepreneurship
By Hezha Barzani
On February 7, the Atlantic Council’s empowerME Initiative held a virtual event on “Developing ecosystems: How Middle East governments drive entrepreneurship.”
MENASourceJan 18, 2022
Is the GCC ready to embrace sustainable finance?
By Dominik Treeck, Mustafa Domanic, and Hendrik Wittrock
To avoid falling behind on their grand economic growth ambitions, Gulf Cooperation Council countries should act decisively by putting sustainable finance policies at the top of their agendas.
Event RecapDec 20, 2021
Fintech innovation is critical for business and women in MENA
By Hezha Barzani
On December 14, the Atlantic Council’s empowerME Initiative held a virtual event on “MENA’s Fintech innovators: Digitizing financial services” in partnership with ABANA.
MENASourceNov 29, 2021
Startups aren’t just hip. They’re also the key to unlocking youth unemployment in MENA.
By Mahmood Abdulla
The MENA region has a pressing unemployment challenge. While many attempts are underway to address this problem, the solution could lie in its growing startup scene.
Event RecapNov 8, 2021
Top women execs on leading “deliberate” organizational change, fostering diversity and inclusion, and coping with challenges
By Stefanie H. Ali
On November 2, the Atlantic Council’s empowerME Initiative held a workshop on “Women in senior management: Masterclass in leadership.”
Event RecapOct 29, 2021
FinTech in MENA: How to build an ecosystem that promotes innovation and regulation
By Stefanie H. Ali
The Atlantic Council’s empowerME Initiative in partnership with ABANA is convening a virtual event series to shed light on the changing FinTech landscape in the MENA region, identify challenges and opportunities, and explore policy recommendations.
MENASourceOct 25, 2021
Saudi Arabia’s economic transformation benefits the UAE too
By Omar Al-Ubaydli
While many commentators have been keen to interpret Saudi Arabia’s attempts to transform Riyadh into the Middle East’s economic capital as a threat to the economic interests of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), a more nuanced analysis suggests something akin to a rising tide that will lift all boats.
empowerME at the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East is shaping solutions to empower entrepreneurs, women, and youth and building coalitions of public and private partnerships to drive regional economic integration, prosperity, and job creation.