Iraq's demonstrations are largely justified and entirely expected as the removal of the problems of sectarianism and insurgency have left the deep structural problems of Iraq’s government and its political economy exposed.
Lebanese Minister of Finance Ali Hassan Khalil has stated that his country is studying ways to manage public debt as part of the public finance reform plan. Lebanon has one of the largest public debt-to-GDP ratios in the world at around 150 percent and has suffered from years of low economic growth.
Iraqi officials are discussing ways to develop the country’s tourism sector following the defeat of ISIS in December 2017. Policy recommendations have been drafted and will be given to the Iraqi Government, hoping that they will contribute to the revitalisation of tourism in the country.
The Turkish government has helped the local council in the city of al-Bab in the countryside of Aleppo, to set up a plant to refill propane cylinders. Turkey has also helped Jarablus build its first central bus station which runs routes to surrounding towns in the countryside of Aleppo.
Public education in Libya has significantly deteriorated due to lack of funding for teachers and infrastructure. As a result private international schools have gained dominance over Libya's education sector.
Egypt's Minister of Finance Mohamed Maait has announced that the country will begin implementing its largest public budget in history for the fiscal year 2018-2019. The new budget will coincide with the beginning of Abdul Fattah al Sisi's second term as President of Egypt.
With unemployment rates rising, young Iraqis have to innovate to make a living in oil-rich south in post-Saddam Hussein era. Many graduates have not been able to find work in their field and end up working in the private sector.