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Dr Nader Kabbani, director of research and policy at the Arab social innovation organisation Silatech, told the Emirates Foundationphilanthropy summit that the establishment of legally-defined enterprise zones where refugees could set up businesses aimed at export markets could generate opportunities for unemployed young Syrian refugees.

Speaking at a session on how the private sector can tackle youth unemployment, Dr Kabbani said that economic activity in Jordan had increased as a result of the influx of refugees from neighbouring Syria.

Dr Bessma Momani, a senior fellow at the Canadian Centre for International Governance Innovation thinktank and Brookings Institution, said that Arab countries required a "culture shift needed to harness critical thinking" and...

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