This year’s World Economic Forum’s regional meeting for the Middle East and North Africa region, as in previous years, landed squarely in the lap of the private sector.

The most prominent conversations at the forum, which took place at the Dead Sea in Jordan this weekend, focused on conflict — as Yemen and Syria continue to suffer — as well as vulnerable populations. Youth unemployment, hovering at around 30 percent across the region, quickly became the focus of many discussions on catalysing economic growth, entrepreneurship and countering extremism.

The importance of closer collaboration between the countries of the region to simplify business regulations and improve resource management, among other things, was also prominent in discussions.

Yet through these concerns ran a unfying thread of private sector engagement and the need for more public-private partnerships.

Read the full story, including some key insights from ICRC President Peter Maurer, on the Devex website here.