COVID-19 and Policy Implications for Selected Middle East and North Africa

January 28 | 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. EST

COVID-19 is a global health crisis and each country has reacted to the pandemic with different interventions at different times, often resulting in chaotic policy responses, varying degrees of health vulnerability and economic ramifications. While health and science experts work diligently on vaccines and antivirals, government officials and administrators must move to balance the ethical, economic and health considerations to protect their citizens and residents. Good governance, transparency and accountability are needed now more than ever.

This webinar will focus on Middle Eastern and North African countries, especially Morocco, Egypt, Jordan and Tunisia. Each country’s response in developing policies to mitigate the current pandemic, and future ones, will be reviewed. The actions, or lack of action, choice and timing of policy implementation and the repercussions of these actions also will be discussed, with the intention of developing policy alternatives for effective and efficient policy changes and recommendations that can provide a balanced approach considering short- and long-term public health and welfare.

Wa’ed Alshoubaki, Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Administration, University of Jordan, Jordan
Ahmed Fayed
, Assistant Professor of Management and Public Policy, Nile University and Research Associate, Economic Research Forum
Mohammed Makkaoui, Professor, Ecole Nationale de Commerce et de Gestion Tangier, Morocco.
Aziza Zemrani, Moderator, Professor, University of Texas at Rio Grande Valley