Trade Matters

Trade Matters

Two significant trade agreements were signed recently – both are good news for openness, multilateralism and trade.

The first, EU-Mercosur, will open the way for trade on goods and services between the EU and the Mercosur trade bloc, which comprises Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay.

The EU is the biggest foreign investor in Mercosur countries, with an investment value of 381 billion euros in 2017…

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Oranges, Lemons and Trade in the Mediterranean

Oranges, Lemons and Trade in the Mediterranean

How is it that Cyprus, a Mediterranean country full of citrus groves, imports lemons from Argentina? The fact is, there are fundamental flaws in the way we grow citrus, and how we trade it, en route to our kitchens…

Click here to read some of the points I will raise in my speech on Euro-Arab economic growth, along with ideas on how to improve intra-regional collaboration and trade, at the upcoming International Arab Banking Summit to be held in Rome on 25 June. 

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In Praise of Data I

In Praise of Data I

I am writing this blog while the Mo Ibrahim Foundation’s flagship Ibrahim Governance Weekend is taking place in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.

This annual event convenes prominent African political and business leaders plus representatives from civil society and institutions, as well as Africa’s major international partners, to debate issues of critical importance to the continent. The focus for 2019 is youth, mobility and African migration…

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On Lebanon's education gender gap: Data analysis highlights the gap that crawls into the dynamics...

On Lebanon's education gender gap: Data analysis highlights the gap that crawls into the dynamics...

Lebanon, like many countries in the Med, have in-built resilience in their cultural DNA. Lebanon is also an entrepreneurial nation with a large active and enlightened diaspora. With the war in Syria, Lebanon has been incurring significant inflows of refugees hosted over the last 8 years in its cities and rural communities. Recent data analysis show Lebanon’s almost flat economic growth rate and a creeping unemployment rate. Women and girls are a most important socio-economic component to ensure growth, stability and peace.

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Participation of women and girls in the workforce and in education is a key pillar...

Participation of women and girls in the workforce and in education is a key pillar...

It has been more than 5 years since I founded the Mediterranean Growth Initiative, boldly advocating the merits of the Mediterranena as an economic space in global trade and delivering real-time date analysis to support policy thinking and doing in the region. At the start ofthis year, we are launching new work, focusing on a series of infographics and data driven analysis on education and gender across the Mediterranean region - starting with Morocco.

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We ended 2018 – our third year running – with a bang: The Mediterranean Growth Initiative (MGI) has signed a collaboration agreement...

We ended 2018 – our third year running – with a bang: The Mediterranean Growth Initiative (MGI) has signed a collaboration agreement...

Our collaboration agreement with the CMI is testament to shared vision, validated methodology and sense of purpose. It speaks to the need for informed policy making, but equally important the need for governments and multilateral institutions to benchmark impact of policy on citizenry, having the tools to improve and align policy with real time information. Read more in my 2019 MGI.online founder's message above.

Wishing you all a very happy new year,

Cleopatra

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Anticipate and manage for geopolitical, trade, corporate governance codes and regulators changes

 Anticipate and manage for geopolitical, trade, corporate governance codes and regulators changes

This blogpost is shared as part of a series of insights from INSEAD Directors Network, based on roundtable discussions held during INSEAD Directors Forum October 2018. The Directors Forum Round Table Discussions were held with IDN members led by IDN board members or IDN Ambassadors.

The roundtable discussion was led by Cleopatra Kitti, IDN Ambassador Cyprus.

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