Despite a lot of differences, many Middle East and Central Asian economies are grappling with a complex set of challenges in economic development and governance. Low oil and gas prices have diminished their economic outlook, and increased the urgency of their industrial diversification efforts. Governments in the region also have to address high youth unemployment rates, relatively low levels of female labor force participation, and an over-reliance on foreign labor. At the same time, there are high ambitions, and a desire to engage even more strongly with other regions, including Southeast and Northeast Asia.
This five-day executive programme will give business leaders and executives from the Middle East and Central Asia an insight into the economic transformation of East Asia over the last 30 years, as well as the market opportunities that are opening up in the region. What lessons might business and government leaders from the Gulf draw from the remarkable economic story of East Asia in the last 30 years? How can Middle East and Central Asian countries benefit from, and increase linkages with, the economically most dynamic part in the world? What are future opportunities?
Through this five-day workshop, participants will have the opportunity to hear from, and engage with, scholars at the LKY School who work on economic development and public policy, and Asian practitioners who work at the intersection of government and business. This programme will also equip participants with a richer understanding of the complexities and nuances of East Asian markets by analyzing the changing economic and social landscapes in the individual economies of the region.