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World Bank Tokyo Online Morning Seminar #174 “Informality and Inclusive Growth in the Middle East and North Africa” (Rescheduled)

October 20, 2023

URL for livestreaming(YouTube):
To be posted on the following webpage. 

The long-standing informality debate in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Region has taken on a new urgency as it looks for a pathway to more socially inclusive growth that is less reliant on fossil fuels. This is occurring against a backdrop of subpar labor market outcomes, further growth setbacks, and deteriorating fiscal and current account deficits in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic—and in the wake of high inflation and supply chain disruptions triggered by the Russian Federation–Ukraine war. "Informality and Inclusive Growth in the Middle East and North Africa" aims to better understand the characteristics and incentive structure that have led to the prevalence of informal employment in three MENA countries—the Arab Republic of Egypt, Morocco, and Tunisia. The report breaks new ground by adopting a comprehensive perspective to focus on the features of, and interrelationships among, different aspects of these countries’ institutional landscapes to make sense of the complex incentive structure that workers and firms face when deciding between formal and informal options. Specifically, the report groups these issues in three broad realms:(1) entrepreneur-worker relations, (2) taxes and transfers, and (3) market conditions.

At this seminar, Gladys Lopez-Acevedo, Lead Economist and Global Lead, Poverty, World Bank, will share the main findings of the report.  This seminar will be conducted in English without interpretation into Japanese.


8am-9am, Friday, October 20, 2023 (Japan Standard Time) 
*Due to the speaker's scheduling conflicts, this seminar has been rescheduled from September 28 to October 20, 2023.


Gladys Lopez Acevedo
Lead Economist and Global Lead, Poverty and Equity Global Practice, World Bank

Questions to the speaker: 

Please send your questions to the speaker using the online form posted on this webpage. 


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  • DATE/TIME: 8am-9am, Friday October 20, 2023 (JST) (Rescheduled from September 28 to October 20)
  • FORMAT: Online (Youtube) *No registration is required
  • LANGUAGE: English (no interpretation to Japanese)
  • CONTACT: Koichi Omori, World Bank Tokyo