Arezki Daoud

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Irrational Behavior

I certainly don’t want to minimize the difficulty facing the Algerians and Egyptians as they dance around the crisis that came out of a football match this week. But I predict that it will soon be water under the bridge.
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Spain Coming Opportunity for Leadership in the Mediterranean

Owing to booming oil revenues and aggressive sovereign wealth funds, rich Gulf countries have been leading the way as foreign investors in North Africa since 2003, as well as in the southern Mediterranean zone, displacing western investors. But the ongoing global economic crisis appears to be reshuffling the cards once again. The southern Med (SoMed) region is also hit by the financial turmoil that started in the US market. As such, foreign direct investments (FDI) moving into SoMed dropped by an estimated 40% in 2008 in value terms to settle at €35.5 billion, according to ANIMA Investment Network....
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Microsoft's North Africa Opportunity and Challenge

With shrinking computer sales, the engine of Microsoft (MS) revenue with operating system sales, every penny counts no matter where it comes from. Software giant Microsoft is expanded its focus on the North Africa region seeking to up its revenue from that emerging market. But although the Maghreb is a region full of opportunities, in particular as Microsoft begins to push for its latest operating system Windows 7, the company is facing a set of challenges, from convincing North Africans to upgrade, to actually making a dent on piracy, and competing against open source software....
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A Different North Africa on the Horizon, but Political Troubles Looming

Fast forward 10, 15 or 20 years from now and you will see a vastly different North Africa. While big media outlets are focused on the giant economies of China, Brazil, and others, mid-level economies like those of North Africa are also a place of substantial economic activity. Domestic investments, sometimes aided by the contribution of foreign investors, are fueling economic development and growth. Despite the global economic hiccup, the pace of investments committed into the infrastructure sector in North Africa has been moving at a healthy pace bringing the rest of the economy with it. And that bodes well for the region as it seeks to catch up with the rest of the world....
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Author info
image Arezki Daoud Arezki Daoud is a leading analyst on North African affairs. He has been editor of The North Africa Journal since 1996. The publication reaches over 50,000 decision makers worldwide. Having lived and worked in North Africa, Mr. Daoud's analytical expertise on the region spans from the energy and industrial sectors to security and political affairs. Arezki is familiar with the speech circuit and briefing the business and government communities on the countries of the Maghreb region and is widely quoted in the press.
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