April 6, 2023
9:00 am - 10:00 am


Zoom Webinar

The Middle East Institute, in partnership with the World Bank, is pleased to announce a virtual panel event, "Altered Destinies: Middle East and North Africa Economic Update."

High inflation and rising food prices pose a challenge to economies across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), where growth is expected to slow in the coming year. Join this World Bank Live event and hear from the World Bank’s Chief Economist in MENA about the region’s economic prospects and the impact of rising food prices. The latest MENA Economic Update looks in depth at how even temporary increases in the price of food can have lasting impacts across generations in terms of education, health and future income prospects.

After the presentation, a high-level panel will discuss what kind of short and long-term policies and actions could help in a region where the state of child nutrition and health were inadequate even before the pandemic and the war in Ukraine.



Muhammad Sulaiman Al Jasser
Chairman, Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) Group

Ferid Belhaj
Vice President, Middle East and North Africa, World Bank

Roberta Gatti
Chief Economist of the Middle East and North Africa region, World Bank

Paul Salem
President and CEO, Middle East Institute

Karen Young, moderator 
Senior Non-Resident Fellow, Middle East Institute; Senior Research Scholar, Center on Global Energy Policy, Columbia University

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