In this first edition, we present four articles on topics of relevance across MENA. A number of our leading consultants have reviewed a range of global issues, from government and public sector collaboration, health service survival in the downturn, single Gulf currency and government usage of ICT to sustain urban environments.
On infrastructure, PA argues that the region is fertile ground for what we call the “Smart Cities” of the future, where competitive advantage is achieved through provision of a wide range of unique services offered through a world class information and communications technology (ICT) network infrastructure. Peter’s article leverages PA’s work on master planning and how to incorporate the Smart City concept into designing new urban environments that are best suited to promote economic and social well-being.
On Government, PA examines how Government departments can ensure successful coordination to address cross-department challenges, such as road safety, that have historically proved difficult to overcome. As a veteran of various efforts to improve the functioning of government in the Gulf, Bernard provides specific recommendations for how to increase the effectiveness – as well as likelihood of success – of government actions focused on such challenges.
On health care, PA reviews how sustainable world class health services can be obtained in the MENA region. Our senior health care experts provide insight into the ‘soft spots’ of the region’s health care and offers suggestions for how best to overcome these weaknesses.
And on a core macroeconomic topic for the region, PA examines how the proposed and somewhat controversial Gulf Single Currency could send powerful strategic shockwaves throughout the region. Graham explores the conditions under which this development could enhance long-term stability and contribute to achievement of various macro-level benefits for the region overall.
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