Consultancy

API provides consultancy services to Arab governments, regional and international institutions and to the private sector in the areas of Economic Management, Development Policies and Planning. Consultancy work provided by the Institute consists mainly of studies intended to address the specific needs of the requesting parties.

 

Consultancy

Consultancy services

The Arab planning institute offers many consultancy services at the request of Arab beneficiaries, according to their requirements and development priorities. these services include conducting consultative studies related to various developmental issues required by decision makers in the Arab world, in addition to developing and building up economic models and indicators related to planning schemes. The institute’s methodology also depends on implementing consultancies according to the latest and most developed practical and scientific methods applied in the field of development planning.

 

OBJECTIVES

·   Promoting development performance of the state and improving development management.

·   Preparing specialized development programs such as SME programs and investment opportunities Development programs.

·   Improving the standard of performance of planning apparatuses and institution in the filed of analyzing and building up national economic indicators and predicting their impact on the economy.

·   Expediting and simplifying procedures and rendering the necessary services for planning follow-up operations in addition to evaluating performance away from red tape and bureaucracy.

AREA

·         Designing long, medium and short term development strategies and plans. Linking the state’s general plans with the state budget.

·         Developing public finance, including the state budget.

·         Linking basic and high education with the policies and programs of the labor market. Building institutional governance, transparency and accountability in the government, public and private sectors.

·         Developing the demographic sector and initiating population and immigration policies.

·         Developing the financial sector in favor of development targets.

·         Developing and addressing labor market conditions and developing national labor. Integrating gender in the planning and development system.

·         Laying down policies and programs supporting SMEs.

·         Developing the environmental system in a way that serves sustainable development targets. Reviewing and developing macro-economic and sectoral policies at the national and domestic levels with the aim of achieving comprehensive, sustainable and balanced development.

·         Analyzing and evaluating the performance of production sectors as viewed by structural transformation and economic diversification and probing the scope of policies and programs suitable for the achievement of developmental targets.

·         Preparing the back studies required for the documents of reducing poverty strategies in poor Arab countries of low income, including poverty studies, the case of expenditure distribution and studies on cases of deprivation in the areas of health, nutrition and education.

·         Preparing national reports on competition, particularly those related to the calculation of sub-indicators of competition, the composite index and probing the policies and programs that could promote competitiveness of the country concerned.

·         Analyzing and evaluating the economic efficiency of education systems and probing the policies and programs suitable for their development.

·         Evaluating the quality of the studies and reports prepared by other parties and offer reports prepared by other parties and offer advice on the policies and programs contained therein.

·         Economic models for prediction and the evaluation of economic policies (econometrics and general economic equilibrium, analyzing time series, and input-output tables).

·       Evaluating the impact of economic policies (Privatization and structural re-alignment policies, fiscal reform policies,

·         foreign exchange policies, and foreign trade policies).

·         Planning human resources and the labor force (economies of education, science and technical research, analyzing labor markets, planning labor forces, demographic policies, and policies of social and health security).

·         Evaluating development projects (financial, economic and environmental evaluation, financial analysis and investment

·         analysis, and analyzing stock markets).

·         Analyzing natural resources (environmental policies, environmental analysis, and managing natural resources). Developing and updating national information systems, particularly developing national accounts and moving to the 2008 system.

·         Developing the tools and models of developmental assessment, including the assembling of social accounts matrixes and developing general equilibrium models, as well as sectoral and macroeconomic models and input-output models.

·         Non-centralization and domestic development issues.

·         Urban planning issues.

·         Financial and economic feasibility studies of developmental projects, while focusing on their promotion among the parties concerned with preparing economic development plans. The project includes the support of capacities through the presentation of training programs for Arab cadres interested in planning, as well as evaluating and implementing development projects.

·         Developing small  enterprises based on the dire need to develop these institutions which play a positive role in confronting development dilemmas in many Arab countries within the scope of diversification, creating job opportunities, combating poverty and improving income distribution.

Financing and managing micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs).

The multi-dimensional institutional system for the support of MSMEs.

Planning and economic management.

Planning and policies, sectoral management, and domestic development.

Policies and management of poverty mitigation programs.

Labor market, employment and skill development policies.

·      Distinctive Arab Expertise with long experience in the field of Arab development and in laying down development strategies and polices.

·         Practical expertise in dealing closely with Arab economic and social development issues.

·         The possibility of combining consultancy services with training, where a selected group of employees who would be entrusted with activating the results of consultancy could be trained

·         Ability to respond swiftly and in a flexible manner in scope of implementation within several development areas, as API possesses vast capabilities in providing the necessary experts to carry out studies and in cooperating with Arab expert’s institutions and universities.

 

SOME OF API’S CONSULTANCY ACHIEVEMENTS

 

Draft investment map for northern governorates in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan (Irbid, Jerash, Ajloun and Mefraq) in favor of the Investment Commission in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.

- A study on the method of development during the forthcoming stage: Towards a balanced knowledge economy depending on skilled national labor and serving

the environment in favor of the Ministry of Economy, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

- Trends of the developmental plan 2015-2020 in favor of the General Secretariat of the Supreme Council for Planning and Development, State of Kuwait.

- Evaluating the achievements of the Supreme Education Council and defining the aspirations and the procedures needed to activate its activities in addition to

considering a proposal on expanding its activities in favor of the Supreme Education Council, State of Kuwait.

- A strategic study and requirements of economic development of Um Al-Qeewain Emirate in favor of the Ministry of Economy, Abu Dhabi.

- Laying down a vision on economic development in the United Arab Emirates in favor of the Ministry of Economy, Abu Dhabi in the U.A.E.

- Training and developing human planning cadres in government agencies, the first and second stages, in favor of the General Secretariat of the Supreme Council

for Planning and Development, State of Kuwait.

- Evaluating the achievements of the Supreme Education Council and defining its aspirations and measures needed to activate its activities and to consider

a proposal to expand its activities, in favor of the Supreme Education Council, State of Kuwait.

- Studying the training requirements and development of training programs and promoting human cadres in government agencies in favor of the General Secretariat

of the Supreme Council for Planning and Development, State of Kuwait.

- Current and future planning in Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states, in favor of the Higher Council for Planning and Development, State of Kuwait.

- Economic Studies for preparing a joint strategy for Arab economic and social action in favor of the Arab League, Arab Republic of Egypt.

- The creation of a Gulf institution for educational investment, in favor of the Arab Center for Educational Research in Gulf States, State of Kuwait.

- Building alternative scenarios for some development Areas in the State of Kuwait, in favor of the Supreme Council for Planning and Development, State of Kuwait.

- Developing quantitative planning methods, in favor of Kuwait Institute for Economic Research (KISR), State of Kuwait.

- Integral study and evaluation of environmental conditions in west Asia and preparing the fourth report on world environment expectations in favor of UNDP-Bahrain.

- An integral system for the development of the competitive capacity of the State of Kuwait in favor of the General Secretariat of the Supreme Council for Planning and Development, State of Kuwait.

- Poverty in south west Saudi Arabia, in favor of UNDP, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

- The framework of Kuwait’s future study in favor of the Amiri Diwan, Bayan Palace, State of Kuwait.

- Means of supporting national labor and integrating them in non-government bodies, in favor of the Kuwaiti National Assembly.

- Developing quantitative methods of planning, in favor of Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR), State of Kuwait.



INSTITUTIONAL SUPPORT

The Arab Planning Institute offers several programs on institutional support extended to planning departments within agencies and other government institutions, to enable them to perform their tasks and achieve their targets actively, support their efficiency and entrepreneurship and render the required technical advice. The methodology of work in these programs also contributes in helping such agencies and institutions to develop their institutional potentials and improve their skills.

Objectives

 

  • To develop planning capacities in the agencies of Arab states and thus enable them to carry out
  • their tasks efficiently and improve the proficiency of the agencies concerned.
  • To evaluate technical capacities and extend the advice required for developing work performance.
  • To use and promote developmental planning systems and methods as well as national economic indicators.

 AREAS

 

  • Formulating plans at various stages.
  • Following up the implementation of development plans and evaluating developmental performance.
  • Using systems and methods of developmental planning.
  • Using and developing national economic plans and indicators.
  • Restructuring planning operations.
  • Using information systems and data bases in planning indicators.

The Institute provides training programs catered for decision makers in the Arab world through conducting the proper analytical economic and development studies, thus providing the decision maker with the proper figures and proposed policy solutions. 

Objectives
  •    *   Conducting studies to support the decision maker (General and Sectorial Studies, feasibility Studies)
  •    *   Supporting the developmental decision making process through the use of up to date economic and social databases on the national, regional and international levels.