Guest post World Economic Forum Today, the first-ever World Economic Forum on the Middle East, North Africa and Eurasia commences in Istanbul under the theme “Bridging Regions in Transformation”. There couldn’t be a clearer indicator of how interconnected our world has become. And, the meeting constitutes the third Forum event in Turkey, which is a statement in its own right. The pace and complexity of global change in recent years have been unprecedented, with Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia emerging as a key mega-region of the future. The World Economic Forum on Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia will therefore convene over 1,000 leaders in Istanbul, Turkey, to catalyse new partnerships for growth and human development.
- In light of the global economic contraction, how can governments and business leaders design and deliver new models to drive innovation and economic agility across this mega-region?
- How can the region strengthen energy cooperation and deliver the high-value trade and investment in science and research that are critical to knowledge economies?
- How can the social dynamism unlocked by developments in the Middle East and North Africa be transformed into a decade of entrepreneurial opportunity, human security and good governance?