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COVID-19, Information Systems, and Statistics in the Middle East and North Africa

September 14, 2020

Virtual

COVID-19, Information Systems, and Statistics in the Middle East and North Africa

Join the MENA Chief Economist for a High-level Regional Virtual Workshop on September 14, where panelists will discuss Covid-19, information systems, and statistics in the MENA region. The workshop will start at 8 AM EST and end at 1.15 PM. A packed agenda across 4 different sessions will feature notable keynote speakers from Johns Hopkins University, the International Association for Official Statistics, the Ford Foundation, the World Bank Group, and notable ministers from Egypt, Jordan, Djibouti, Yemen, Bahrain, and directors from Palestine, Oman, UAE, Tunisia, Morocco, and Algeria.

Watch the live discussion here in Arabic, English, or French:

English: https://video.ibm.com/embed/23956203
French: https://video.ibm.com/embed/23956310
Arabic: https://video.ibm.com/embed/23956303

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  • 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM EST

    Welcome Remarks by:

    Ferid Belhaj, Vice President, MENA Region, World Bank
    Carmen Reinhart, Vice President, Development Economics and Chief Economist, World Bank

    Keynote Speaker:

    Dr. Elias Zerhouni, Professor Emeritus of Radiology and Biomedical Engineering at the Johns Hopkins University and former Director of United States National Institute of Health

    9:00 AM to 10:00 AM

    Policy Panel Discussion with Ministers on Country Experiences during COVID-19

    Chair: Haishan Fu, Director, Development Data Group, World Bank

    Panelists:

    Wissam Rabadi, Minister of Planning and International, Jordan

    Rania Al-Mashat, Minister of International Cooperation, Egypt

    Ilyas Moussa Dawaleh, Minister of Economy, Finance and in charge of Industry, Djibouti

    Nageeb Manssor Al-Oj, Minister of Planning & International Cooperation, Yemen

    10:00 AM to 10:30 AM ESTKeynote Speech by John Pullinger, President of the International Association for Official Statistics and former UK National Statistician
    10:30 AM to 11:30 AM EST

    Policy Panel Discussion with the Heads of the National Statistics Offices

    Chair: Johannes Hoogeveen, Practice Manager, MENA Poverty and Equity Global Practice, World Bank

    Panelists:

    Ola Awad, President, Central Bureau of Statistics, Palestine

    Mohammed Hassan, Executive Director, The National Statistics an Data Sector, UAE

    Adnen Lassoued, Director General, National Institute of Statistics, Tunisia

    Youcef Bazizi, Director General, Office of the National Statistics, Algeria

    Majid AlShehry, General Manager of Enterprise Architecture at the National Information Center, Saudi Data & Artificial Intelligence Authority.

    Mohammed Bircharef, Director General of Statistics and National Accounts, Morocco

    Yousuf bin Mohammed Al Riyami, General Director, Population and Social Statistics, Oman

    11:30 AM to 12:30 PM EST

    Policy Panel Discussion with Leaders of Think Tanks in MENA

    Chair: Noha El-Mikawy, Director, Ford Foundation

    Panelists:

    Ibrahim Ahmed Elbadawi, Managing Director, Economic Research Forum for the Middle East and North Africa and former Finance Minister of Sudan.

    Mustapha Kamel Nabli, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Partnership of Economic Policy and former Governor, Central Bank of Tunisia. 

    Sami Atallah, Executive Director, Lebanese Center for Policy Studies

    Karim El Aynaoui, President, Policy Center for the New South and Dean, Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences of the Mohammed VI Polytechnic University.

    12:30 AM to 1:15 PM EST

    Launch of the Network of MENA National Statistics Offices

    Chair: Rabah Arezki, Chief Economist, Middle East and North Africa Region, World Bank

    Panelist:

    Adel Abdellatif, Deputy Regional Director for Arab States, United Nations Development Program 

    Andrew Sharpe, Executive Director, International Association for Research on Income and Wealth

    Haishan Fu, Director, Development Data Group, World Bank

    Johannes Hoogeveen, Practice Manager, MENA Poverty and Equity Global Practice, World Bank

     

    Last Updated: Sep 14, 2020