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Post-Covid recovery at heart of EMNES AGM

on Tuesday, February 8th 2022 à 11:20 | Read 356 times

The Euro-Mediterranean Network for Economic Studies (EMNES) held its annual conference on 9th and 10th December 2021 on the theme of “Pillars for Inclusive, Sustainable and Resilient Growth and Innovative Socio-Economic Models Post Covid-19 Pandemic in the Mediterranean and Africa”, with a welcome speech given by Hala el Said, the Egyptian Minister of Planning and Administrative Reform.
Facilitated by the president of the Euro-Mediterranean Economists’ Association (EMEA) and EMNES director Rym Ayadi, along with Cinzia Alcidi, director of the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), the virtual event provided an opportunity for participants to exchange over 14 working documents, of which three received awards following the conference*. The authors of each will be granted a research budget of €2000 to allow them to continue the studies.
The presentation by William Hynes, senior advisor to the OECD Secretary-General and head of its New Approaches to Economic Challenges (NAEC) served to recap the ten years of this new strategy aimed at better understanding the interdependence and complexity of the global economy. The NAEC draws lessons from crises, and the Covid-19 crisis has given it new food for thought.

MNES adopting an interdisciplinary approach

The pandemic has exposed the level of unpreparedness in the governments of developed and lesser-developed countries. As pointed out by academics, practitioners and political decision-makers during the conference, the sanitary crisis quickly turned into a worldwide economic and social crisis on an unprecedented scale. Government fiscal and monetary stimulus measures also took a hit. All were strongly oriented towards energy transition and economies that are low-carbon and inclusive, but above all resilient in the face of climate change. In their papers published throughout 2020 and 2021 -in particular the report on the resilience of health systems in in the Mediterranean by Rym Ayadi and Sara Ronco – the EMNES members underlined that transition requires a series of mechanisms and standards to be able to advance from one stage to the next, to reduce losses and make effective changes. As they point out, “This makes transition to a greener economy even more complex -but not impossible.”
In 2022, we will continue to work on the issue of post-Covid pillars, the theme of our annual conference, and on all aspects of economic development, financial and economic inclusion and social protection. But also on the partnership between the European Union and Africa. Indeed, we are extending our network into Africa and will be changing our name and logo,” reveals Rym Ayadi. The EMEA president and EMNES director adds, “We also intend reflecting on the issue of health and well-being, focussing on the mental health aspects. We are looking to develop an interconnection with other disciplines, but always from an economic perspective, by carrying out studies on the environment, health and neuroscience.”

* “Human development and decentralization: The importance of public health expenditure”, by Ronald Miranda-Lescano (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain), Leonel Muinelo-Gallo Universidad de la República) and Oriol Roca-Sagalés (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)

“Capital Development under Collateral Constraints, The Impact of Investment Subsidies under Non-Homothetic Preferences between Capital and Labour”, by Rebecca Maria Mari (London School of Economics, United Kingdom)

“The role of cooperatives in enhancing social and economic inclusion: determinants of turnover growth and survival”, by Najat El Mekkaoui (Université Paris- Dauphine PSL, LEDa DIAL IRD, Paris, France, EMNES and ERF) and Sara Loukili (Université Paris-Dauphine PSL, LEDa DIAL IRD, EMNES, Morocco)

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