The next World Economic Forum (WEF) will be held at the Dead Sea in Jordan 24-26 May and two years after the start of political transitions in the region, decision-makers across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region are attempting to respond to the challenge of translating the societal momentum generated into positive outcomes for citizens. This represents a vital opportunity for historic gains in crucial areas, including youth unemployment, transparency, income disparity, private sector development and infrastructure.

At the same time, these efforts are taking place against the backdrop of an economic slowdown in Europe and geopolitical uncertainty in the Levant, which underscores the need for enhanced regional cooperation as well as the importance of relations with emerging markets.

We look at what is on the agenda and what the forum hopes to achieve.

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