Posted on February 05, 2016

Doha Institute for Graduate Studies will host the 15th International Conference for the Middle East Economists Association (MEEA) from 23-25 March, 2016.

To be held under the theme "The Impact of Oil Price Chances on the Economic Growth and Development in the MENA Countries," this year's conference is expected to attract over 200 international delegates including: economists, academic researchers and PhD students. Organizers of the conference have accepted 112 abstracts out of 134 submissions from various countries.

Dr Hassan Aly, Dean of the School of Public Administration and Development Economic at the DI, stated: "There has been a significant increase in the numbers of abstracts received, conference participants and the countries they represent. We are looking forward to host around 200 participants from more than 30 countries. This will be the first time we will have delegates from countries such as Indonesia, South Korea, Cyprus and Malaysia." Several high-profile economists have confirmed attendance including keynote speaker, Professor James Robinson from Harvard University, who authored the best-seller "Why Nations Fail." Another prominent speaker at the conference will be Shantaynan Devarajan, Chief Economist of the World Bank's Middle East and North Africa Region.

This will be the first international conference hosted and organized by the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies. Previous MEEA conference took place in several other cities such as: Tunis, Dubai, Istanbul and Alexandria.