4 discussions to watch at the WEF Middle East and North Africa

Devex, May 18, 2017
by Jessica Abrahams & Molly Anders

DEAD SEA, Jordan — With conflict at its borders and refugees from the greatest displacement crisis since World War Two packing cities and camps, Jordan is a fitting host for the more than 1,000 leaders from politics, business and civil society who will join the World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa to discuss the region's biggest challenges this weekend.

The three-day forum will be the first WEF MENA summit since 2015, after last year's event, scheduled to be held in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, was cancelled over security concerns. Managing the impact of violent conflict will be top of the agenda, and Devex is on the ground to report.

There is far more to discuss than security, however. Many of the scheduled discussions are forward looking, with a focus on creating a stable and economically promising future for the region and its growing youth population.

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