Report Launch: World Bank MENA Economic Update

School of Government, Luiss Guido Carli, , 01/12/2022

The World Bank and the Luiss School of Government’s Mediterranean Platform are pleased to share the findings from this latest report, followed by an engaging conversation with a panel of World Bank and Luiss experts.

A New State of Mind : Greater Transparency and Accountability in the Middle East and North Africa

This edition of the World Bank MENA Economic Update estimates that the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region’s economies will grow by 5.5% in 2022, the fastest rate since 2016. Yet this growth is uneven, as many countries struggle to overcome the lasting effects of the pandemic, added pressures from skyrocketing oil and food prices brought on by the war in Ukraine, high global interest rates, and slowdowns in the United States, China, and the Euro area. Titled “A New State of Mind: Greater Transparency and Accountability in the Middle East and North Africa,” the report also looks at the upside of improving governance and how putting institutions on a learning path can better prepare for future challenges.

Institutional welcome:

Giovanni Orsina, Director Luiss School of Government

Luigi Narbone, Director Luiss Mediterreanean Platform – SoG


Roberta Gatti, Chief Economist, Middle East and North Africa, World Bank Group

Roberta Gatti is currently the Chief Economist of the Middle East and North Africa region of the World Bank. In her previous capacity of Chief Economist for Human Development, Roberta co-led the conceptualization and release of the Human Capital Index and oversaw the Service Delivery Indicators data initiative. Roberta is the author of numerous flagship reports and her research, spanning topics in health, labor markets, and growth, is published in top field journals. Roberta holds a B.A. from Università Bocconi and a Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University. She has taught at Georgetown and Johns Hopkins Universities.

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