The Euro-Mediterranean Network for Economic Studies (EMNES) second Annual Conference took place in Cairo on 6-7 December 2017 and presented the outputs of the second year of EMNES research.
The Conference opened with welcoming addresses from H.E. Hala El-Said, Minister of Planning, Monitoring and Administrative Reform of Egypt, the Vice Dean of Faculty of Economics and Political Science of Cairo University, Mahmoud El Said, and the Scientific Director of EMNES and Founding President of the Euro-Mediterranean Economists Association (EMEA), Rym Ayadi.
During her opening speech Minister Hala El-Said underlined that “The Euro-Mediterranean Network for Economic Studies (EMNES) is a very important Network, tackling policy relevant issues for the region”. Responding to the Minister, the Scientific Director of EMNES, Rym Ayadi stated that “EMNES is aligned with Egypt’s priorities.” She also underlined that “Governance and institutional reforms are key in order to tackle the roots of informality and create the conditions for formalisation and growth of micro firms”
During the two days of the Conference, EMNES researchers presented 17 papers that were discussed in six Academic Sessions:
- Institutions, Growth and Employment
- Productivity and Job Creation
- Human capital, Employment & Migration
- SMEs Dynamics and Entrepreneurship
- Financial Development, Growth, Employment and Inequality
- Economic Integration & Job Creation
Furthermore, two policy panels were held focusing on “Inclusive Growth and Economic Reforms, in the Mediterranean Region” and “Private Sector Dynamics and Social Business”
At the end of the Conference, Prof. Rym Ayadi, presented the EMNES/EMEA Best Paper Award to Aya Elewa, winner of EMNES-EMEA Call for Papers: Towards an inclusive socio-economic model in the Mediterranean.
Prof. Rym Ayadi highlighted that it is a core objective of the Euro-Mediterranean Network for Economic Studies (EMNES) to support the younger generation of researchers, yet experts in their fields, to provide policy makers with a renewed vision for socio-economic development in the south Mediterranean countries.
The Euro-Mediterranean Network for Economic Studies (EMNES) is a network of partners and associates research institutions and think tanks working on socio-economics in the Euro-Mediterranean. The EMNES project is co-funded by the Euro-Mediterranean Economists Association – EMEA and the European Commission.