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Prospects for Global and Regional Integration in the Maghreb

John Veroneau, Deputy US Trade Representative
Dan S. Sullivan, Assistant Secretary for Economic, Energy, and Business Affairs
Gary Clyde Hufbauer, Peterson Institute for International Economics

Peterson Institute for International Economics, Washington, DC

May 29, 2008


Summary

The Peterson Institute released a study examining the prospects for greater global and regional integration of the Maghreb countries—Algeria, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, and Tunisia—on May 29, 2008. Ambassador John Veroneau, Deputy US Trade Representative, and Dan S. Sullivan, Assistant Secretary for Economic, Energy, and Business Affairs, delivered the keynote addresses, and Ambassadors Aziz Mekouar, Morocco, and Mohamed Nejib Hachana, Tunisia, gave the closing remarks. The Maghreb study is headed by Senior Fellow Gary Hufbauer in collaboration with Ambassador Stuart Eizenstat from Covington & Burling.

The project addresses Maghreb integration with the European Union and the United States as well as integration within the Maghreb region itself. It estimates the potential gains from tariff liberalization for the Maghreb countries and how best to remove nontariff barriers in several key sectors of their economies. In light of the great interest of the United States and the European Union in achieving political stability in the Maghreb region, this project assesses in particular the potential role of those two players in promoting a much higher degree of regional integration within the Maghreb.

The proceedings of this conference have been published in the volume Maghreb Regional and Global Integration: A Dream to Be Fulfilled.


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Papers and Presentations

Introduction and Overview Fred Bergsten, Peterson Institute
Mostafa Terrab, Office Cherifien des Phosphates Group
Keynote Speakers Ambassador John Veroneau, Deputy US Trade Representative
Dan S. Sullivan, Assistant Secretary for Economic, Energy, and Business Affairs
Presenters Stuart Eizenstat
Covington & Burling
Political Economy and Regional Integration
  Dean DeRosa
ADR International Ltd
Trade and Investment
    Gravity Model Analysis
  Antoine Bouët
International Food Policy Research Institute
A MIRAGE Model Analysis
  Gary Clyde Hufbauer
Peterson Institute
Recommendations to Revive Regional Integration
  Francis Ghilès
European Institute of the Mediterranean
Energy Sector Study
  Abderrahmane Hadj Nacer
International Maghreb Merchant Bank
Banking and Insurance Sector Study
  Nordine Ouabdesselam
Janair
Transport Sector Study
  Hassan Benabderrazik
Agro-Concept
Food Industry Sector Study
Closing Remarks Ambassador Aziz Mekouar of Morocco
Ambassador Mohamed Nejib Hachana of Tunisia