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Arab Integration

A 21st Century Development Imperative

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This report aims to revive the project of Arab integration conferring new dimensions to the concept of integration to include all aspects of the social structure or the elements of human civilization. It also calls for expanding economic integration beyond the narrow scope of trade liberalization to laying out the foundations for production and diversification, and building knowledge-based economies through cooperation in the development of integrated human, technological and productive capacities in the Arab region. Using the best available scientific methods, this report presents standard quantitative estimates of the consequences of keeping current modalities of integration, which are limited to trade liberalization and the establishment of an Arab customs union. Simulations of proposed scenarios for strengthening economic integration were also made and the results compared with the estimated consequences of the status quo.

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A Legacy of fragmentation and development failures

Decades of fragmentation and division in the Arab world have created major threats and challenges to its development and progress. Some challenges are political or humanitarian; they concern national freedoms, regional security and refugee populations; others stem from flawed or failed national development policies. Still other threats are environmental, undermining both present-day and intergenerational equity. There are also polarizing cultural challenges that shape the individual and collective consciousness; drag society into conflicts; and limit the potenti for human awakening

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