Reducing poverty through entrepreneurship in the world: May 26 – 28th, 2016 in Marrakesh, Morocco


Beginning with the 2010 revolution in Tunisia, we experienced reform movements known as the Arab Spring. More than a protest against state corruption, dictatorships, and the abuse of human rights, unrest was triggered by abysmal economic conditions. The Arab world has historically suffered from great extremes of unemployment, concentrations of wealth, and trenchant poverty. Today, despite recent optimism and hope for a more liberal society, little change has been realized.

Instead of relying on ineffectual government interventions, the spirit of our conference is to encourage private initiatives and entrepreneurship in addressing a multitude of social problems. We will bring together a meeting of minds from all walks of life to engage in open debates and discussions. Presentations, panels, and intimate casual conversations will build a new consensus for all stakeholders in a future of liberty.

First day

Empowering entrepreneurs

  • Entrepreneurship as a viable alternative to state interventionism in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.
  • Reforms to promote entrepreneurship in the MENA region.

Second day Entrepreneurship at the base of the economic pyramid: addressing societal problems via innovative business solutions.

  • Panel discussions (economic forum style) discussing the power of business initiatives in addressing societal and societal issues and thus creating more social cohesion and generating wealth.
  • Presentations on micro-finance, private schooling for the poor, and housing for the poor.

Third day

State of entrepreneurship in the MENA region

  • Panel discussion: Ease of doing business in the MENA region; discussion of the business climate in the region.
  • Meet the champions: presentations by successful entrepreneurs from across the region.

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