The Maghreb Economic Forum (MEF), is a Think-and-Do Tank, founded in 2011 on the premise of supporting further Maghreb integration and unlocking economic and social growth. With a population of 90 million the five founding members, Algeria, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco and Tunisia can create a solid social and economic space to thrive in an era of globalization and digitalization.
Mr.Kamel Lazaar, founder and president of MEF stresses that: “Despite widespread skepticism about the viability and future prospects of the Maghreb, I believe that a stronger and more united Maghreb will help address common challenges, such as the need to create jobs, instability in parts of the region, energy security and education reforms.”
MEF’s vision for our region is:
-Countries led by strong and effective institutions in the state, the private sector, and civil society.
-Accountable and transparent governments alongside active citizen’s participation.
-Inclusive, competitive, job-creating and growing economy.
Taking this into account, MEF’s mission is to contribute to unlock our region’s potential by:
-Producing high quality, relevant and timely policy analysis, policy monitoring, and reform proposals.
-Promoting and encouraging an informed public debate on critical social and economic issues.
-Nurturing a new generation of leaders and intellectuals named “MEFellows” from private and public sectors as well as civil society.
-Identifying areas of potential growth and specific projects that can be implemented to ensure further development and prosperity in the region such as in the fields of renewable energy, education, ICT, agribusiness, tourism etc.
We carry out our mission as a non-profit civic organization. We want to do this in ways that engages the public at large during this era of profound, exhilarating, but at times threatening change.
MEF thrives to become a platform that allows groups and individuals to pilot their initiatives from inception to implementation of solutions and recommendations.
All MEF collaborators whether employees, fellows, boards or partners believe in the possibility of transformative change. Secretary General Dr. Amel Karboul – former minister of Tourism of Tunisia says: “We believe that, due to our individual strength, the validity of our ideas, our use of technology and of participative democracy, we can and must reconstruct our region.”