2015 IARIW-CAPMAS Conference
2015 IARIW-CAPMAS Conference: "Experiences and Challenges in Measuring Income, Wealth, Poverty and Inequality in the Middle East and North Africa," Cairo, Egypt
November 23-25, 2015

Final Programme as of December 3, 2015


Location: CAPMAS Headquarters (the Opening Remarks and the first Keynote Address will be in Room Gamal Asker on the second floor; the rest of the conference will be in Room Mokhtar Haloda on the ground floor)



Monday, November 23, 2015

  • 08:30 -- Registration
  • 09:00 -- Opening Remarks
    • Dr. Andrew Sharpe (Executive Director, IARIW)

      General Abu Bakr ElGendy (President, CAPMAS)

      Dr. Ashraf Elaraby (Minister of Planning, Follow-Up and Administrative Reform, Government of Egypt)

  • 09:30 -- Keynote Address
    • Ragui Asaad (Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota), "Inequality of Opportunity in Income and Consumption in Egypt: A Comparative Perspective" [Presentation]

  • 10:30 -- Break
  • 11:00 -- Session 1: Poverty I
    • Chair: Andrew Sharpe (IARIW and Centre for the Study of Living Standards)

      Discussant: Shantayanan Devarajan (Chief Economist, Middle East and North Africa Region, World Bank)

      Discussant: Gabriel Lara Ibarra (World Bank)

      Discussant: Hasan Vergil (Istanbul University)

  • 12:00 -- Session 2: National Accounts and Productivity
    • Chair: Saleh Al-Kafri (Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics)

      Discussant: Surajit Deb (Aryabhatta College, University of Delhi, India)

      Discussant: Andrew Sharpe (IARIW and Centre for the Study of Living Standards)

  • 13:00 -- Lunch
  • 14:15 -- Session 3: Poverty II
    • Chair: Dr. Mohamed Ramadan (Consultant to CAPMAS President)

      Discussant: Roy Van der Weide (World Bank)

      Discussant: Shireen Al Azzawi (Santa Clara University, United States)

      Discussant: Jasmin Thomas (IARIW and Centre for the Study of Living Standards)

      Discussant: Vladimir Hlasny (Ewha Womans University, Seoul and UN-ESCWA)

  • 16:15 -- Break
  • 16:30 -- Session 4: Well-Being I
    • Chair: Mahmoud ElSarawy (CAPMAS)

      Discussant: Elena Ianchovichina (World Bank)

  • 17:30 -- End of Day
  • 19:00 -- Dinner, Sonesta Hotel




  • Tuesday, November 24, 2015

  • 08:30 -- Session 5: Inequality I
    • Chair: Dr. Ayat Ismail (CAPMAS)

      Discussant: Ragui Assaad (University of Minnesota)

      Discussant: Vladimir Hlasny (Ewha Womans University, Seoul and UN-ESCWA)

      Discussant: Robert Johnston (United Nations Statistical Office, Retired)

  • 10:00 -- Break
  • 10:15 -- Session 6: Well-Being II
    • Chair: Jasmin Thomas (IARIW and Centre for the Study of Living Standards)

      Discussant: Ragui Assaad (University of Minnesota)

      Discussant: Andrew Sharpe (IARIW and Centre for the Study of Living Standards)

      Discussant: Saleh Al-Kafri (Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics)

  • 11:45 -- Lunch
  • 12:45 -- Session 7: Inequality II
    • Chair: Dr. Mohamed Ismail (Cairo University)

      Discussant: Saleh Al-Kafri (Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics)

      Discussant: Roy Van der Weide (World Bank)

      Discussant: Jasmin Thomas (IARIW and Centre for the Study of Living Standards)

      Discussant: Shireen Al Azzawi (Santa Clara University, United States)

  • 14:45 -- Break
  • 15:00 -- Keynote Address
    • Shantayanan Devarajan (Chief Economist, Middle East and North Africa Region, World Bank), "A Broken Social Contract, Not Inequality, Triggered the Arab Spring" [Presentation]

  • 16:00 -- Closing Panel: "What is Needed for Better Measurement of Income, Wealth, Poverty, and Inequality in the Middle East and in North African Countries?"
    • Chair: Dr. Sherine Al-Shawarby (Professor of Economics, Faculty of Economics and Political Science, Cairo University)

      Panel:

      Dr. Amina Ghanem (Egyptian National Competitiveness Council)

      Ms. Sara B. Alnashar (Economist, Macroeconomics and Fiscal Management Global Practice, World Bank)

      Dr. Mohamed Ramadan (Consultant to CAPMAS President)

      Shantayanan Devarajan (Chief Economist, Middle East and North Africa Region, World Bank)

  • 17:00 -- Close of Conference
  • 19:00 -- Depart CAPMAS for Conference Dinner
  • 19:30 -- Farewell Dinner, The Pharaohs Dinner Cruise on the Nile




  • Wednesday, November 25, 2015

  • 09:00-17:00 -- Excursion to the Pyramids and Al-Azhar Park


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