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Tuesday 25th of October 2016

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IMF’s Latest Recommendations for the MENA Region

Since June 2014, low oil prices coupled with aggravation of the then ongoing conflicts in the region that were already weighing on its economies’ outlook, made it go according to all local media, from bad to worse. The IMF quite rightly suggested that oil exporters should continue to adjust to lower oil prices and diversify their economies further whilst oil importers would need structural reforms so as to create jobs and growth. The MENA region in this review by the IMF is drawn in 2 differing bands of Exporters and Importers of Oil. Each of these groups has been assessed in terms of economic outlook and specific growth. The interdependability of most of these countries belonging to one or the other of the IMF proposed bands need not be emphasised more but would benefit far more by having decent relationship with the international environment and through the coordinated establishment of gradually truly democratic mechanisms with the main objective of improving the life of all residents. Interstates businesses would welcome as a first step, all concrete measures such as those already applied within the GCC countries to be generalised to the rest of the MENA. In the meantime here is the IMF’s latest recommendations for the MENA region.
Middle East, North Africa Region Urged to Stay on Course with Reforms
By Neil Hickey, IMF Middle East and Central Asia Department

October 19, 2016

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Hike in Intellectual Property Fees in GCC

Would the following Hike in Intellectual Property Fees in GCC story have anything to do with the fall in the price of oil and gas or as put forward here due to GCC’s new internal as well as interstates coordination ? This article written by a team of BQ discussing with Katie Montazeri, partner at DLA Piper Middle East LLP who expertised the trend in the domain was published on October 23, 2016. It clearly shows that there is indeed some sort of inverted proportionality relationship between the two segments of these countries’ economies.

Hike in IP fees in GCC – who’s gaining?

As the fees for protecting one’s brand rises, small businesses opting for non-registration of trademarks could face risk from unscrupulous competitors
Intellectual property fees spiked recently all across the GCC, in some countries as much as 6,200 percent, making the registration of patents, trademarks or design among the most expensive in the world.
In the last couple of months Bahrain and Kuwait raised their intellectual property fees more than just significantly, while Saudi Arabia and the UAE did the same last year. According to the local media reports, in Kuwait, the official cost for registering a trademark is due to increase this year from the USD 25 to USD 1,586, while in Bahrain registration fees will be raised by 728 percent from USD 160 to USD 1,325. In Saudi Arabia, since last year fees . . .

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Role of the Intellectual and Journalist in Algeria

Faced with the geo-strategic tensions and social and economic transition; what role for the intellectual and journalist in Algeria?

Because the world of digital audio-visual and communication is in an unprecedented upheaval, in a highly mediatised world, I would not separate the role of the intellectual from that of the journalist. I would then consider that the Role of the Intellectual and Journalist in Algeria or for that matter any organisation leader including government officials, etc. is to avoid both gloom, free denigration as source of collective neurosis and complacency, but to make their analyses and assessment according to their own vision of the world. Productive debate, serene dialogue and symbiosis State/Citizen, are it seems to me, the sine-qua-non condition to establish both an objective assessment in order to correct errors instead of trying to haphazardly foresee the future prospects of the country.

In the era of the Internet, the world looks like a house in glass and it is a matter of avoiding any counterproductive misinformation. Algeria needs above all a clear look, not rentier related courtiers, harmful to the future of the country.

The word intellectual comes from the Latin word intellectus, from intellegere, in the sense of establishing logical links, connections between things. The function of the intellectual is not strictly speaking recent

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Carbon emissions pricing and taxing

In “The Arab world could be a DECIDING FACTOR in the fight against CLIMATE CHANGE” article written by Martin Heger and Maria Sarraf, it was noted that  175 parties having signed the Paris Agreement in April 2016 in New York City, it was not enough. It matters not only how many countries signed the document, but also how many countries ultimately join the Paris Agreement by ratifying it. Only once the Paris Agreement is ratified, does it become operational and legally binding. In the meantime as per the article elaborating on how the world whilst looking to the MENA region for the next COP, we believe that apart from the commendable effort of honouring the MENA with leading the world, things need to take a more practical stance such as in this instance, moving on to the financing or the kick off of it of the Agreement by country to country taxing any of their Carbon emission. This is the subject of our other selected article. It is reproduced here for its obviously inherent argumentation. Carbon emissions pricing and taxing would be a mandatory step towards the full implementation of what was agreed in Paris and ratified in New York. Would Marrakesh confirm all that?
As the Paris Agreement becomes reality: How to transform economies through carbon pricing
By Laura Tuck,
The remarkable pace at which nations of the world have ratified the Paris Agreement on climate change gives us all hope . . .

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Algeria to prepare for Energy Transition

. . . and Focus on a Mix

Fossil fuels such as gas for the next 10 years will no doubt be still the main source of hard currency revenue for Algeria. But ruling mean predicting, it belongs to the Government, in the face of the new global irreversible energy changes coupled with the recent resolutions of the COP21 (to be shortly followed by the COP22) ratified by the majority of world countries, would mean for Algeria to prepare for Energy Transition and Focus on a Mix between 2020 and 2030. It is a strategic mistake to reason still on the linear model of energy consumption of the past. Also, the strategy of renewable energy must be part of a clear definition of a new model of energy consumption based on an energy Mix, by evaluating resources to achieve targets that will prepare the reinforcement of national security, the birth of industries of the future, new technologies and environmental industries, object of the anticipated new economic revolution of 2020 through 2040.

It was necessary, before getting on with our subject, to make few remarks on the current approach to development of renewable energy. We must target priority projects that contribute the most to the achievement of our objectives. Without deciding on a position between the photovoltaic (PV) and thermal, we shall discuss the solar heat that fits itself into the regional programme of the South.

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Greater Cairo Region (GCR) many Challenges

Of all the MENA countries capital cities, the Greater Cairo Region (GCR) with a present population well over the 20 million mark is a vast agglomeration with many challenges. It is a place of unique political and cultural significance for the world. It has always and still is the prime engine of economic growth and the main population centre in Egypt. The newly settled leadership facing enormous challenges has wisely decided to involve two of the many influencing factors of the country, i.e. its youth and transportation.
Prior to diving the thick of the subject, and as highlighted in an article of the UN HABITAT, Cairo lives with many key challenges; most importantly planning, infrastructure and service delivery which has been managed to barely keep up with the very rapid urban growth over the past four decades, we would like to propose in this context, this article of Centre for Mediterranean Integration of Marseille, France, titled:

Promoting Public Private Partnership “PPP” to Include Transportation Start-ups in Greater Cairo

Transportation has direct impact on the economy, the environment and people’s mobility. On one hand, the air quality is getting worse and there is pollution due to vehicle emissions resulted from the increasing fuel consumption. On the other hand, the large number of people working in places far away from their residence directly affect traffic negatively.

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