MENA Macroeconomic Update: Key Themes For 2022
Tuesday, 5th July 2022
11:00 London BST | 14:00 Dubai GST
Our Q3 MENA quarterly macro update will focus on the macroeconomic and political outlook for the MENA region as a whole.
More specifically, we will assess how our five key themes that we set for MENA for 2022 have been playing out so far this year and then provide an outlook on what to watch out for in the second half of 2022 and into 2023.
Topics covered will include:
- Growth outlook for MENA countries: What happened so far in 2022 and what will happen in coming quarters?
- Gauging reform drive: After strong momentum in H122, what are the prospects for further reform progress in H222?
- Fiscal outlook: How will elevated commodity prices impact the fiscal position of MENA countries?
- MENA vs challenging external environment: How is North Africa coping with external pressures?
- Regional geopolitics: Will MENA advance towards broader stability or will tensions escalate?
Head of MENA Country Risk
Ramona Moubarak joined Fitch Solutions in June 2021 to lead the Middle East and North Africa Country Risk team, based in London. She has spent over a decade building her experience in political, macroeconomic and financial risk assessments for emerging markets. Prior to joining Fitch Solutions, Ramona led a team of analysts who covered over 40 emerging markets for Lebanon’s Byblos Bank. A native Arabic speaker, Ramona is also fluent in French and English. She holds a Master’s degree in Financial Economics from the American University of Beirut and a Bachelor degree in Economic Sciences from Université Saint-Joseph.
Gabriele de Leva
MENA Country Risk Analyst
Gabriele de Leva joined the Middle East and North Africa Country Risk team at Fitch Solutions in December 2020. Prior to joining Fitch Solutions in London, Gabriele lived over three years between West Africa and the GCC managing country risk projects for The Business Year. A native Italian speaker, Gabriele is fluent in English, French, Spanish and is working towards his proficiency in Arabic. Gabriele holds a Bachelor of Science in International Politics from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and a Certificate in Diplomatic Studies.
MENA Country Risk Analyst
Mariette Kas-Hanna joined the Middle East and North Africa Country Risk team at Fitch Solutions as an analyst based in London in November 2021. Prior to joining Fitch Solutions, she worked for over three years at Byblos Bank in Lebanon as an Economic Research & Country Analyst, covering emerging markets with a focus on the Middle East and Africa. Mariette is a native Arabic speaker and is fluent in English and French. She holds a Master’s degree in Economics and International Financial Economics from the University of Warwick and a BSc in Economics from the University of Balamand.
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