During this very important annual gathering of world economic leaders from the private and public sector, particular emphasis was placed on the business and policy trade-offs required to boost resilience in an environment shaped by water scarcity and uncertainties surrounding energy and food security. Challenges emanating from the food-energy-water nexus and compounded by deficits in infrastructure investments, are at the core of The Middle East and North Africa at Risk 2010 report.
Elaboration of the optimal ecosystem for turning the region’s youth bulge into a prosperous middle class was another important axis of this meeting. From refocused education reform and strengthened social safety nets to easier access to capital and technology, debates were dense and fruitful, calling for a deeper cooperation between both public and private actors.
Deputy Secretary General Ilan Chet was invited to talk in the Open source Education session where he spoke about the role of the UfM and he was also a speaker in the debate on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.