Experts Urge Focus on Microeconomics in Maghreb | AlertNet
By Carey L. Biron
A year and a half since popular revolts led to a historic wave of pro-democracy optimism, the political transitions in Arab Spring countries remain beset by sectarian factionalism and rusty or nascent governance institutions. Yet such issues are being further hindered by the stuttering global economy, particularly in Europe, and a lack of focus by policymakers on the informal sector.
"Remember, almost all the self-immolators during the Arab Spring uprisings were informal-sector actors," William Lawrence, North Africa director with the International Crisis Group (ICG), a watchdog, said in Washington on Friday.
"Until these governments stop seeing the informal sector as the enemy, and until they decide to turn to this sector for taxes and sustainable jobs, you’re going to have a terrible economic situation in all of these countries. Instead, we’re seeing the exact opposite, a clampdown on the informal sector."
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