The Qatari Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, H E Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem bin Jabor Al Thani, mentioned on Monday that corruption was one of the driving factors of the revolutions unfolding in the Arab region, among increasing unemployment and the increasing cost of living. The Premier went on to say that the Arab nations needed to embrace (political) reform in order to stave off growing unrest.
While the Qatari PM and FM tended to discuss the role of rising unemployment and how this exacerbated already increasing living costs, it is clear that widespread corruption in the Arab world in general, as seen in the recent arrests in Egypt, are not helping the situation.
While the Arab nations have been proactive in order to stimulate their respective economies after the financial crisis of 2008, the Arab region’s growth is still relatively lacklustre, especially when compared to many South American and East Asian economies.
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