North Africa remains one of the
least integrated regions in the world, which has considerable consequences for
its development potential. Intra-regional
trade hovers at a mere two to three percent of
total trade (compared to intra-regional
trade in Europe or Asia at over 60 percent
of total), while the economies are too weak to create jobs for the unemployed.
Failure to address this issue with an effective job creation policy poses
significant risks to social stability and could lead to the same explosive
conditions that sparked the revolutions in 2010 and 2011.
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