- Saíd El-Naggar
- Published Date:
- December 1992
Foreign and Intratrade Policies of the Arab Countries
Papers presented at a Seminar held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, January 27-29, 1992
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Foreign and intratrade policies of the Arab countries / edited by Said El-Naggar
“Papers presented at a seminar held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab
Emirates, January 27-29, 1992.”
Includes bibliographical references.
1. Arab countries—Commercial policy—Congresses. I. El-Naggar,
Said, 1920- II. International Monetary Fund.
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World trade has been a powerful source of growth in the entire postwar period, and the further liberalization of international trade would give invaluable impetus to economic activity. For this reason, the subject of this seminar and its significance for the Arab countries in particular is of special interest. This fourth volume of seminar proceedings published jointly by the IMF and the Arab Monetary Fund is a valuable addition to the series. The IMF is pleased to have again been associated with the Arab Monetary Fund, the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development, and the World Bank in this seminar that addressed the issues of foreign trade and intratrade policies of the Arab countries.
Held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on January 27–29, 1992, the seminar brought together government officials, academic experts, and representatives of international and private organizations to discuss their experiences and to offer proposals on such topics as import substitution versus export orientation, the impact of protectionism in the industrial countries on the trade of Arab countries, the significance and implications of the Uruguay Round of Multilateral Trade Negotiations, and prospects and problems of inter-Arab trade. Professor Said El-Naggar again moderated the seminar and brought his invaluable experience to bear on managing the discussions as well as on preparing the proceedings for publication.
International Monetary Fund
This seminar, like the three before it, was the fruit of collaborative efforts between the Arab Monetary Fund, the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development, the International Monetary Fund, and the World Bank. The subject of this seminar has recently acquired special importance in view of the liberalization programs undertaken by most of the Arab countries. It is not an exaggeration to say that the success of economic reform in many Arab countries will hinge on their capacity to adjust their foreign trade policies to take account of far-reaching changes in the world economy as well as at home and in the Arab region.
The seminar provided an excellent opportunity for a number of high-level experts and policymakers to examine the various aspects of foreign and intratrade policies of the Arab countries. The six papers presented at the seminar are included in this publication, together with the comments of the discussants. In addition, the moderator prepared a paper which, while expressing his personal views, reflects a number of points and issues raised in the course of discussions at the seminar.
On behalf of the participants, I would like to express my thanks to Ahmed Al-Tayer, Minister of State for Finance and Industry in the United Arab Emirates, for making the keynote address. A special word of thanks is due to Osama Faquih and Abdlatif Al-Hamad and to their collaborators, for their hospitality and their tireless efforts in planning and organizing the seminar. I would like also to thank Elin Knotter of the External Relations Department of the International Monetary Fund for editing this volume and preparing it for publication.
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