Prospects for Global and Regional Integration in the Maghreb


May 29, 2008, 3:00 AM EDT
Peterson Institute for International Economics, Washington, DC
Gary Clyde Hufbauer (PIIE), Dan S. Sullivan (Assistant Secretary for Economic, Energy, and Business Affairs) and John Veroneau (Deputy US Trade Representative)

Event 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.

Event Materials

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
Transport Sector Study

  Hassan Benabderrazik
Food Industry Sector Study

Closing Remarks Ambassador Aziz Mekouar of Morocco
Ambassador Mohamed Nejib Hachana of Tunisia