1st MENA Trade Workshop

Tuesday 2 June
08:30-09:15  Registration

09:15-09:30 Welcome adress by Salah Ben Abdallah, Dean of Tunis Business School

Welcome adress by Leila Baghdadi, WTO Chair Holder

09:30-10:30  Chair: Alan Deardorff, University of Michigan
Panel: Habib Zitouna, Tunisian Institute of Competitiveness and Quantitative Studies
Majdi Hassen, Institut Arabe des Chefs d’Entreprises

Champions Wanted: Promoting Exports in the Middle East and North Africa
Mélise Jaud, MENA Chief Economist Office, The World Bank (with Caroline Freund)


10:30-11:00 Coffee break


11:00-12:30 Session 1
Chair: Racem Mehdi, University of Tunis
11:00-11:30 Conflicts, networks and trade: Does the neighbour hurt?
Daniel Mirza, University of Tours, CREM and CEPII
José De Souza, University of Paris Sud, University of Paris 1 and CES
Thierry Verdier, PSE and CEPR
11:30-12:00 Not in my backyard: The trade effects of neighbour’s civil war-
the case of Syria
Massimiliano Cali, Trade and Competitiveness Global Practice, The World Bank
Fadi Hassan, Department of Economics, Trinity College Dublin
12:00-12 :30 Walking with Dragons: The impact of diplomatic visits on China’s international trade
Robert J R Elliott, University of Birmingham
Liza Jabbour, University of Birmingham
Bing Liu, University of Birmingham


12:30-13:30 Lunch


13:30-15:00 Session 2
Chair: Daniel Mirza, University of Tours, CREM and CEPII
13:30-14:00 Finding opportunities for cooperation in removing prohibitive trade barriers
David R. DeRemer, Institute of Economics, Hungarian Academy of Sciences
14:00-14:30 The impact of regional trade on agri-food trade flows: What about the role of rules of origin?
Marilyne Huchet-Bourdon, AGROCAMPUS OUEST, Rennes
Chantal Le Mouël, INRA, Rennes
Mindourewa Peketi, INRA, Rennes
14:30-15:00 Determinants of the ISO 14001 standard’s coverage rate across European countries
Amira Bouziri, University of Evry Val d’Essonne (EPEE)
Marc-Arthur Diaye, University of Evry Val d’Essonne (EPEE)


15:00-15:30 Coffee break


15:30-17:00 Session3
Chair: Marc-Arthur Diaye, University of Evry
15:30-16:00 Credit Market institutions and firm imports of capital goods: Evidence from Developing countries
Dario Fauceglia, Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW)
16:00-16:30 Expanding Multinationals – Industry Relatedness and Conglomerate M&A
Anna Ray, Sciences Po Paris, Paris School of Economics and Université Paris 1 Sorbonne
16:30-17:00 Are there links between FDI, energy price and food import dependency in developing countries? Evidence from Panel VAR model
Mehdi Ben Slimane, IHEC Carthage and Agrocampus Ouest Rennes
Habib Zitouna, University of Carthage
Marilyne Huchet-Bourdon, Agrocampus Ouest Rennes

Wednesday 3 June
09:00-10:00 Chair : Mélise Jaud, MENA Chief Economist Office, The World Bank
Exporters product vectors across markets: the fickle fringe and stable core
Lionel Fontagné, Paris School of Economics, Centre d’Economie de la Sorbonne and CEPII

10:00-11:00 Session 4
Chair: Cristina Mitaritonna, CEPII
10:00-10:30 Investigating exchange rate shocks on agricultural trade balance: The case of Tunisia
Houssem Eddine Chebbi, Higher School of Economic and Commercial Sciences (ESSECT), University of Tunis
Marcelo Olarreaga, University of Geneva and CEPR
10:30-11:00 Exchange rates, firm heterogeneity, and the intensive margins of trade in agriculture
Salamat Ali,University of Nottingham


11:00-11:30 Coffee break


11:30-12:30 Session 5
Chair : Mohammed Ayadi, University of Tunis
11:30-12:00 The Rise in inequality: Technology and trade, or history and taxes?
Douglas L. Campbell, New Economic School
Lester Lusher, UC Davis
12:00-12:30 Barriers to exports: What does the private sector have to say? The case of four sectors in Tunisia
Zouhour Karray, Higher School of Economic and Commercial Sciences (ESSECT), University of Tunis
Jade Salhab, The World Bank


12:30-14:00 Lunch


14:00-16:00 Policy Debate on « SMEs and International Markets: The missing link for inclusive growth »
Moderator: Mariem Malouche, Trade and Competitiveness Global Practice, World Bank
Marion Jansen, Chief Economist, International Trade Centre
SME Competitiveness Outlook 2015 (Presentation)
• Mustapha Kamel Nabli, Former Central Bank Governor, DG NABES Lab
• Hakim Ben Hammouda, Former Finance Minister
• Alan Deardorff, John W. Sweetland Professor of International Economics
Professor of Economics and Public Policy
• Riadh Attia, Deputy Director General, CEPEX
• Raouf Mhenni, Managing Director International Operations at HR Access


Closing remarks, Leila Baghdadi, WTO Chair Holder at Tunis Business School

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