Moussa Saab

Moussa Saab is a former Policy Economist at the IGC London Hub and was the thematic lead for State. He managed the IGC programmes in the Middle East and has led advisory projects in partnership with senior policymakers and academics on issues pretraining to inclusive growth like private sector development, revenue mobilisation, and privatisation. He also covered the Pakistan and Uganda programmes. Moussa has experience in financial services gained through working as an Associate at the private equity desk of the Gerson Lehrman Group in London with focus on emerging markets.

Moussa is currently pursuing an MBA degree at Imperial College Business School. He also holds an MSc in International Financial Economics from Warwick University with Distinction and a BA in Economics from the American University of Beirut.

Content by Moussa Saab
  • Publication - Policy paper

    Motór sira ba kresimentu no transformasaun setoriál Timor-Leste nian (Rezumu)

    21 Jun 2021 | Camilla Sacchetto , Sarah Logan, Joevas Asare, Moussa Saab

  • Publication - Policy paper

    Os motores do crescimento e da transformação sectorial de Timor-Leste (Resumo)

    21 Jun 2021 | Camilla Sacchetto , Sarah Logan, Joevas Asare, Moussa Saab

  • Publication - Policy paper

    Timor-Leste's drivers of growth and structural transformation (Summary)

    21 Jun 2021 | Camilla Sacchetto , Sarah Logan, Joevas Asare, Moussa Saab

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    Publication - Policy paper

    Timor-Leste’s drivers of growth and sectoral transformation

    This policy paper discusses policy priorities to realise Timor-Leste’s socio-economic potential on its path to middle-income status, focusing on fisheries, agriculture, and tourism as key sectors for economic transformation and analysing the role of infrastructure investment, financing frameworks, and digital innovation in making this possible. See below for summaries...

    8 Jun 2021 | Camilla Sacchetto , Sarah Logan, Joevas Asare, Moussa Saab

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    COVID-19 and taxes: Policies for the post-pandemic recovery

    The COVID-19 pandemic has placed unprecedented strain on public finances across developing countries. Large fiscal responses and weak economic activity have widened deficits and increased public debt, which for many will be unsustainable over the medium-term. It is important for policymakers to consider policies for mobilising additional revenue. To this end, this...

    27 Jan 2021 | Oliver Harman, Anders Jensen, Farria Naeem, Moussa Saab, Shahrukh Wani, Nick Wilkinson

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    How should the government participate in the development of Uganda’s tourism sector to harness its full potential, apart from providing infrastructure?

    Global Travel & Tourism (T&T) industry is growing at a rapid pace and has accounted for fifth of all new jobs created in the world over the past 5 years. Compared to past decades, Uganda has recently shown progress in terms of tourism growth and development. Realising the potential of the tourism sector to contribute to national socioeconomic development, the...

    7 Aug 2020 | Boopen Seetanah, Moussa Saab

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Low oil prices during COVID-19 and the case for removing fuel subsidies

    Global oil prices have decreased due to a fall in demand resulting from COVID-19 containment measures. This presents a timely opportunity for removing fuel subsidies, in turn lowering the knock-on impact on citizens. The revenue gained from removing fuel subsidies could provide additional resources for governments to respond with immediate interventions to address...

    3 Aug 2020 | Joevas Asare, Mar Reguant, Moussa Saab, Camilla Sacchetto

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Remittances in the time of COVID-19: Challenges and opportunities for growth in developing countries

    The COVID-19 pandemic has placed unprecedented restrictions on travel, trade, and economic activity, triggering a global economic crisis. Remittances to developing countries are falling sharply as a result. Migrant workers and their families, many dependent on the remittance flows sent from abroad, are expected to suffer acutely. This brief underscores the importance...

    16 Jun 2020 | Joevas Asare, Tewodros Makonnen Gebrewolde, Moussa Saab, Laura Sili, Nick Wilkinson, Dean Yang

  • Publication - Project Report, Working Paper

    Bolstering SME participation in public procurement: Policy options for Lebanon

    The government of Lebanon is working on a new public procurement law and implementing regulations to unify and modernize public sector procurement. Based on a review of the literature and analysis using available data on procurement policy, this report explores options to enhance participation by SMEs in public procurement. Six areas for actions are suggested for...

    3 Jan 2020 | Bernard Hoekman, Moussa Saab, Bedri Tas

  • Publication - Synthesis paper

    Doing Special Economic Zones right: A policy framework

    Special Economic Zones (SEZs) have become a popular policy instrument around the world. Encouraged by the success stories of SEZs in the 1980s and 1990s in East Asia, policymakers in the developing world increasingly see them as a way to easily promote industrial development, attract foreign investment, and stimulate job creation. However, results have not always lived up...

    5 Nov 2019 | Matei Alexianu, Moussa Saab, Matthieu Teachout, Amit Khandelwal

  • Blog post

    The economic figures behind the protests in the Middle East

    Though they might seem unconnected, the underlying root causes of protests in many countries in the Middle East are similar. Protesters in all countries complain about deteriorated economic conditions, income inequality, and widespread endemic corruption. Jordan, Algeria, Iraq, and most recently Lebanon have all witnessed protests over the past year. The majority of...

    30 Oct 2019 | Moussa Saab

  • Publication - Sub-thematic summary

    Taxation: A summary of IGC research

    This sub-thematic summary highlights the IGC’s research on taxation over the past 10 years. Effective taxation systems are essential for enabling governments, at all levels, to generate the revenues needed to finance the services, infrastructure, and investment necessary to drive economic growth. Despite their importance, however, tax systems are often a neglected...

    6 Sep 2019 | Moussa Saab

  • Blog post

    The politics of public sector and tax reform in Lebanon

    In Lebanon, rain from the latest storm was seen dripping through the cracks in Beirut’s bridges. This image aptly summarises the country’s deteriorating infrastructure, which is due to woeful public finances and decades of negligence. Until now, the focus has been on improving the resilience of the financial and banking systems, and immediate structural reforms, to...

    24 Jan 2019 | Moussa Saab