Interviews with former Prime Ministers and Cabinet Ministers along with previously unpublished analysis by the World Bank, IMF and USAID provide entertaining and interesting insights into Egypt's economic development policy during 1952 to 2000. Areas addressed include:
* the performance of the Egyptian economy since 1950s
* the factors that have facilitated or retarded economic performance
* the Egyptian authorities approach to economic issues and policy-making
* the chief questions that policy-makers will have to deal with in the next twenty years.
Set apart by Khalid Ikram’s intimate knowledge of the Egyptian policy-makers this book presents a unique account of economic development and policy-making in Egypt during 1952 to 2000.
'Ikram examines the long-term structural aspects of Egypt’s economy and of economic policy-making from 1952 to 2000. He first presents separate chronological accounts of economic development and policy making on the one hand and growth, productivity, and structural change on the other. He then presents individual chapters focused on balance of payments, foreign exchange, and other aspects of the external sector; public finances; the financial sector and monetary policy; labor force and employment; and poverty and income distribution. He concludes with an analysis of current strategic and institutional issue.' - Reference & Research Book News
'The book deals in depth with numerous issues facing policy-makers and reviews a large technical literature. Ikran explains complex economic problems with exceptional eloquence, and while this is a book for economists, others will benefit by reading it.' - Paul Rivlin, Tel Aviv University, Middle East Journal