Opportunity for All: Promoting Growth, Jobs, and Inclusiveness in the Arab World

Marrakesh, Morocco

January 29-30, 2018

The International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Government of Morocco, the Arab Fund for Social and Economic Development (AFESD), and the Arab Monetary Fund (AMF) will co-host a high-level conference in Marrakesh, January 29–30, 2018. 

The conference aims to move the dial on discussions on inclusive growth in the Arab world from endorsement to execution. Following up on the 2014 Amman conference "Building the Future: Jobs, Growth, & Fairness in the Arab World," participants from across the region's public, private, and non-official spheres will exchange, peer-to-peer, their experiences, lessons, and ideas on how to create more jobs by exploiting new sources and sectors of growth. They will address how to scale up opportunities for women and youth and better enable government policy to support higher and inclusive growth by promoting entrepreneurship and innovation while embracing transparency and technology to unlock the region's potential.

Day 1 is dedicated to interactive innovation labs to solicit stakeholders' experience with impediments to growth and inclusiveness and brainstorm on possible solutions and policy issues to be raised at the plenary sessions.

Day 2 features plenary sessions and a concluding high-level panel moderated by IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde. The objective is to engage on issues raised during the innovation labs and seek views on practical solutions to overcome hurdles to inclusive growth. Innovation booths will showcase promising ideas from the region’s youth to help expand opportunity for all.

Tentative Agenda

More details on the agenda to follow

Monday, January 29

8:00 AM Registration Begins
12:00 PM Light Buffet Lunch
1:00 PM Welcome Remarks, IMF Middle East and Central Asia Department Director Jihad Azour
1:30 PM Innovation Lab 1: Promoting Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the Arab World
1:30 PM Innovation Lab 2: Creating Opportunities and Institutions in Conflict/Fragility
3:00 PM Coffee Break / Innovation Booth – Youth Presentation
3:30 PM Innovation Lab 3: Making Transparency Work for Inclusive Growth
3:30 PM Innovation Lab 4: Leveraging Technology for Higher Growth and Opportunities
5:00 PM Coffee Break / Innovation Booth – Youth Presentation
5:30 PM Presentation of Findings of Innovation Labs
7:00 PM Reception
8:30 PM Welcome Dinner and Presentation of Youth Competition Prizes

Tuesday, January 30 

8:00 AM Welcome Coffee
9:00 AM Opening Remarks
9:30 AM Plenary 1: Creating Jobs for Millions in the Arab World
10:45 AM Coffee Break / Innovation Booth – Youth Presentation
11:15 AM Plenary 2: Scaling Up Inclusion and Opportunities in the Arab World
12:30 PM Luncheon Talk: Women’s Empowerment in the Arab World: IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde and Key Female Business Leaders and Activists from the Region Discuss How Women Can Contribute and Spur Growth in the Arab World
2:00 PM Plenary 3: Government as Enabler for Inclusive Growth
3:15 PM Coffee Break / Innovation Booth – Youth Presentation
3:45 PM High-Level Closing Panel: Shared Responsibility for Inclusive Growth
4:30 PM Conference Concludes
7:00 PM Closing Dinner and Cultural Show