3rd MENA Trade Workshop


08:30-09:15 Registration
09:15-09:30 Welcome speech by Magda Saleh, Acting Dean of FEPS.
Welcome speech by Chahir Zaki, Associate Professor, FEPS.
09:30-10:30 Chair : Leila Beighdadi Tunis Business School (Tunisia)
Keynote speech:
Let’s Try Next Door: Technical Barriers to Trade and Multi-destination Firms
Lionel Fontagné, Paris School of Economics, Centre d’Economie de la Sorbonne and CEPII

10:30-11:00 Coffee break

11:00-12:30 Session 1: Non-Tariff Measures
Chair: Omneia Helmy (Cairo University, Egypt)
11:00-11:30On the heterogeneous effects of NTMs: Evidence from Peruvian firms’ exports to LAIA countries
Cristian Ugarte, ITC (Geneva)
11:30-12:00Export Response to Technical Barriers to Trade: Firm-Level Evidence from a Developing Country
Salamat Ali, University of Nottingham (United Kingdom)
12:00-12 :30Impact of Non-Tariff Measures on SMEs in Tunisia
Leila Baghdadi, Tunis Business School (Tunisia)

12:30-13:30 Lunch

13:30-15:00 Session 2: Standards and Regulations
Chair: Houcine Boughnami (Sultan Qaboos University, Oman)
13:30-14:00Do Environment Regulations Matter for EU-MENA Trade?
Myriam Ramzy, Cairo University (Egypt)
14:00-14:30Standards and Market Power: Evidence from Tunisia
Hendrik W. Kruse, University of Göttingen (Germany)
14:30-15:00Performance, Competitiveness and Dynamics of Tunisia’s Specialization
Azouz Imen, FSEG (Tunisia)

15:00-15:30 Coffee break

15:30-17:00 Session 3: FDI and Services
Chair : Adla Ragab (Cairo University, Egypt)
15:30-16:00 FDI and Food Security in Developing Countries: Institutions Quality Matters
Mehdi BEN SLIMANE UR-MASE, WTO Chair Tunis Business School (Tunisia)
16:00-16:30Service Trade Liberalization in Oman: International Commitments and trade performance
Houcine Boughanmi WTO chair, Sultan Qaboos University (Oman)
16:30-17:00Governance and renewable energy investment in MENA: How trade matters?
Rihab Bellakhal, ESC-University of Manouba (Tunisia)

Thursday 18th May, 2017

Chair : Lionel Fontagné (PSE, CES and CEPII)
Cristian Ugarte, ITC (Geneva)
10:00-11:00 Session 4: Trade and Informality
Chair : Hala Sakr, Cairo University (Egypt)
10:00-10:30Revisiting the Impact of Trade Openness on Informal and Irregular Employment in Egypt
Chahir Zaki, Cairo University (Egypt)
10:30-11:00Determinants of Cross-Border Informal Trade: The Case of Benin
Cristina Mitaritonna, CEPII (France)

11:00-11:30 Coffee break

11:30-13:00 Session 5: Politics and Institutions
Chair : Hendrik W. Kruse (University of Göttingen, Germany)
11:30-12:00 Threshold effect of globalization on democracy: The role of demography
Haffoudhi Houda, FSEG (Tunisia)
12:00-12:30 “Investment climate and Firms Exports in Egypt: When Politics Matter
Nora Abou-Shady, Cairo University (Egypt)
12:30-13:00Why Can’t MENA Countries Trade More? The Curse of Bad Institutions
Fida Karam, GUST (Kuwait)

13:00-14:00 Lunch

14:00-16:00 Policy Debate on Non-Tariff Measures in the MENA Region
Samiha Fawzy, ex-minister of Foreign Trade and Investment and Professor of Economics, Cairo University.
Lionel Fontagné, Paris School of Economics and CEPII
Omneia Helmy, Director of the Center for Economic and Financial Research and Studies.
Cristian Ugarte, International Trade Center TBC
16:00-16:30 Closing remarks,
Leila Baghdadi, WTO Chair Holder at Tunis Business School
Chahir Zaki, FEPS, Cairo University