Pause for thought

Middle East Business (English) - - FRONT PAGE -

In­dus­try and agri­cul­ture re­main two of the key sec­tors able to boost economies and gen­er­ate jobs, even with such alarm­ing un­em­ploy­ment rates across the globe, es­pe­cially amongst the youth of to­day. There­fore, we have cho­sen to high­light one of the key in­dus­tries in the Mid­dle East - the phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal in­dus­try - which not only plays a so­cial eco­nomic role as job cre­ator, but also as­sists at a hu­man­i­tar­ian level (Ara­bic sec­tion). Short­ages of medicine is still a con­sid­er­able chal­lenge, a topic tack­led in a brief re­port by the WHO. In con­nec­tion with this, our CSR editor, Daan Elf­fers, writes about the im­por­tance of cor­po­rate so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity in the health sec­tor. En­trepreneur­ship is a rel­a­tively mod­ern term that has be­come com­monly used these past few years; more re­cently, so­cial en­trepreneur­ship has be­come an on trend is­sue. These top­ics re­main at the heart of our mag­a­zine this is­sue, as en­trepreneur­ship is con­sid­ered as a door opener to­wards re­duc­ing un­em­ploy­ment and cre­at­ing new ideas in the emerg­ing mar­kets. De­spite the fact that child labour has de­creased - only slightly- you are in­vited to read more about this topic in a brief re­port by ILO. As usual, we of­fer an eclec­tic range of top­ics to keep you in­formed. Mid­dle East Busi­ness con­tin­ues to be me­dia part­ner at more than 20 con­fer­ences around the globe in­clud­ing those in Mau­ri­tius, In­dia, UAE, Saudi Ara­bia and Egypt. And in or­der to keep doors open to dis­cuss var­i­ous top­ics of in­ter­est, we are launch­ing “Mid­dle East Busi­ness Fo­rum”, where we will con­duct sym­posia and round ta­ble meet­ings on var­i­ous top­ics of in­ter­est for you, our read­ers. En­joy this is­sue and re­mem­ber to keep in touch with com­ments and sug­ges­tions... Your com­ments and sug­ges­tions are al­ways wel­come, so please do not be shy in send­ing them to me at: [email protected]­dleEast-Busi­

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