CALL FOR PAPERS
BAEPS Annual Conference 2020
Faculty of Business Administration, Economics and Political Science
The British University in Egypt
“EGYPT’S FUTURE OUTLOOK: THE SEARCH FOR NEW BALANCES”
November 24, 2020
You are cordially invited to participate in the ‘2020 BAEPS Annual Conference’ organized by the Faculty of Business Administration, Economics & Political Science (BAEPS) at The British University in Egypt on Wednesday, June 24, 2020. Authors are invited to submit their original research papers within the scope of this conference.
The 2020 BAEPS Annual Conference is a new platform for knowledge sharing and collective dialogue on the most recent research. The conference will provide an important platform for interested researchers. Themes related to entrepreneurship, economic development, socio-economic reforms, environmental economics, political stabilization, foreign policy, and international relations. Moreover, it will provide the initiative to evaluate the effectiveness of current reforms and pave the way for new policies that will facilitate the road to development.
The BAEPS Annual Conference 2020 offers various tracks which include:
1- Business Administration Track:
The Business Current and Future Outlook within the Egypt 2030 Strategy
To foster private sector export-led development, the government has broadened its programme agenda, initiating reforms to improve land allocation efficiency, strengthen public competition procurement, transparency of state-owned enterprises, and tackle corruption. Egypt’s challenge is to modernize its economy and business environment to benefit from its potential. An essential element is to ensure the best allocation of resources to generate higher growth and remove price distortions.
Furthermore, it is imperative to ensure that the most vulnerable segments of society are protected, and fiscal resources are safeguarded for spending on health and education. More broadly, the faster creation of private sector job opportunities including women labour force is part of the inclusive growth strategy, which is expected to steadily improve living standards, including the lower-skilled workers. Egypt specifically needs at least 700,000 new jobs annually to absorb its growing population through making private sector the main engine of growth.
The Sustainable Development Strategy (SDS): Egypt Vision 2030 represents a foothold towards inclusive development. Thus, economic and social justice, and reviving the role of Egypt in regional leadership are deliberated as a cultivating prosperity path. SDS represents a road map for maximizing competitive advantage to achieve the aspirations of Egyptians in a dignified life. The regional and global circumstances give the SDS a comparative advantage; for revisiting and align the strategic vision with international developments. Thus, helping Egypt achieve specific objectives.
As a general framework, SDS has followed the sustainable development principle for improving the quality of welfare through dealing with three main dimensions: economic, social, and environmental dimensions. Furthermore, SDS is based upon the principles of “inclusive sustainable development” and “balanced regional development”; emphasizing the full participation. The strategy considers closing development gaps and efficient use of resources. By 2030, the new Egypt will achieve a competitive and knowledge-based economy, characterized by social integration with a balanced ecosystem, benefiting from strategic location and human capital to achieve sustainable development.
Consequently, the prospective researchers are encouraged to mark a milestone road map towards Egypt’s 2030 strategy implementation. In this regard, this interactive event’s contributions seek to focus on Egypt’s business outlook specifically in the areas of responsible management, innovation and management, women and youth empowerment, and internationalization and technology support.
2- Economics Track:
The Economic-Social Pillar: The Road to Improved Outcomes
In the context of revisited economic priorities by the Egyptian post-2013 government as well as the changing regional and global environment, Egypt’s economic, social, and political setup is currently witnessing a dynamic change. The new prevailing setup framed in Egypt’s Sustainable Development Strategy (vision 2030) as well as Egypt’s announced commitment to the Global SDGs agenda have together encouraged the Egyptian government to pursue radical changes not only in economic and social policies but also in the institutional environment governing the operation of the Egyptian economy. In 2016, Egypt announced the launch of a courageous Structural Reform Programme with the intention of addressing the longstanding fundamental monetary, fiscal, and social imbalances, which have exacerbated massively in the recent years and have been a prime cause of the witnessed political and social unrest in Egypt. These reforms resulted in radical economic and social changes leading to ground-breaking outcomes in several dimensions.
First, the Egyptian currency flotation regime adopted in November 2016, that was delayed for a very long time, resulted in the depreciation of the Egyptian currency yielding implications with respect to the international and domestic markets. Second, the gradual removal of energy subsidies that resulted in upheavals in the Egyptian economy had serious implications on individuals’ consumption as well as the consumption of producers. Third, several social protection and assistance policies were introduced during the implementation of the reforms to cushion the poor and vulnerable individuals. Fourth, radical changes in the investment’s atmosphere were introduced in order to encourage both domestic and foreign investment. In this context, Egypt undertook radical policy amendments that have long-term serious implications on the Egyptian economy and individuals. Such economic and social dynamics in Egypt and neighbouring countries provide a rich area for research, investigation, and deriving useful policy implications for both the Egyptian economy and the economic literature in general.
We encourage interested researchers to submit quality academic research products in the areas that are relevant to the above mentioned themes. Interest is in research highlighting the impact of the changes that took place within the Egyptian economy, including the effectiveness of the policies and programs implemented. Researchers may assess these policies with a view on how to improve their effectiveness or how other supporting policies could be utilized. Academic manuscripts that fall under other economic and social themes will be equally considered for presentation in the conference parallel sessions.
3- Political Science Track:
Egypt’s International Relations after 2013: The Search for a New Balance
The 2013 uprising and the rise of President Sisi to power in 2014 have brought significant transformations in Egypt’s international relations. Such transformations are evident in Egypt’s formulation of a new foreign policy doctrine that has rested on a more balanced approach to international politics and a nationalistic reassertion of Egypt’s freedom of manoeuvre at the global and regional levels. Since its inception, the new Egyptian foreign policy doctrine has gradually developed into three main directions. First, Egypt has sought to balance its relations with the great powers after decades of its traditionally pro-American foreign policy. This was evident in Egypt’s recent pivot towards Russia and China in the context of its new ‘Look East’ policy. Second, Egypt has sought to distance itself from the regional sectarian agendas that have dominated Middle East politics since the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, and which had the effect of weakening the nationalist institutions of the state and fuelling the disintegration of societies. In this context, Egypt has emerged as an assertive defender of the integrity of the nation-state and the principle of non-interference. Third, Egypt has sought to reengage actively with Africa after decades of withdrawal from the continent. This was evident in Egypt’s success in restoring its relations with the African Union, which had suspended Egypt’s membership in July 2013, and its active role in boosting regional economic integration and cooperation among African states.
While it is still premature to envision a major alliance shift in Egypt’s international relations reminiscent to Nasser’s era, it is clear that such developments have already brought a substantial degree of balance into Egypt’s relations with global and regional powers.
We invite participants to reflect on the development of Egypt’s international relations after 2013. We are particularly interested in contributions which critically investigate the patterns of continuity and change in Egypt’s international relations, including its relations with key state actors and regional/international organizations. These patterns should be investigated with a view of assessing the motivations for and implications of such policy developments on domestic, regional, and international politics.
Extended abstracts/Manuscripts Submission Guidelines
Extended abstracts/manuscripts may be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org. Upon receipt of the extended abstract/manuscript, a confirmation e-mail will be sent. Authors must comply with the following guidelines before their work can be considered. Extended abstracts/manuscripts not in compliance shall not be considered.
1. Extended abstracts/manuscripts submission in both English and Arabic are welcome.
2. Submissions should include:
a. A title page: consisting of the title of the paper, affiliation(s), author(s) contact information, abstract, and keywords
b. Anonymous extended abstract/manuscript. In the case of submission of an extended abstract, it should be no longer than 1000 words. In the case of submission of manuscript, it should be no longer than 6,000 words excluding references, tables, and figures. The manuscript should be submitted without any indication of its authorship
3. All documents should be submitted in Word format with 1.5 line spacing
4. Font 12-point Times New Roman or a similar font should be used. Margins should be 1.5 inches on the top, bottom, and sides
5. All tables and figures should be inside the text
6. Page numbers should be at the bottom and middle of the page
7. References should be cited according to the American Psychological Association (APA) style.
All papers will be reviewed for publication in:
- Conference Proceedings titled BAEPS Annual Conference: Egypt’s future OUTLOOK: THE Search for New Balances (English/Arabic):
- Revised drafts in accordance with conference’s received written comments will be published after the conference
- Academic Journal titled BUE Review of Business, Economics, and Political Science Journal (ISSN: 2636-3828) (English):
- All reviewed accepted full text papers for BAEPS Annual Conference 2020 will also be invited to submit a final version to the journal.
Extended abstracts submission deadline: March 1, 2020
Acceptance notification: March 16, 2020
Registration fees deadline: April 1, 2020
Manuscript submission deadline: June 1, 2020
Conference date: June 24, 2020
The BAEPS Annual Conference 2020 registration fee is accessible through the Commercial International Bank (CIB). For further details about registration form and fees, please visit http://bit.ly/BAEPS-ARC-REG2020. Registration fees do not cover accommodation and travel expenses. Registration fees per individual are as follows:
1. 500 EGP for Egyptian presenters/participants
2. 100 USD for International presenters/participants
3. 250 EGP for Egyptian attendees and non-presenting co-authors
4. 50 USD for International attendees and non-presenting co-authors
N.B. Graduate students get 50% discount of the fees.
N.B. There will be no refund on the registration fees.
* Registration fees do not cover accommodation. However, transportation for the conference will be available.
Bank Name: Commercial International Bank
Account Holder: The British University in Egypt
Swift Code: CIBEEGCX165
Branch Name: BUE
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