Rebounding from COVID-19: MENA perspectives on resilience in manufacturing and supply systems

The COVID-19 pandemic is continuing to disrupt both manufacturing and global supply chains. Governments in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region have responded quickly by restricting the movement of people in order to contain the virus. Despite a heterogenous health care system readiness across the region, MENA countries were able to limit the number of cases below the rates experienced in some European and Asian countries. However, the pandemic is having a dramatic economic impact, as seen by drops in oil and tourism revenues, and has sparked debate about the viability of global supply chains and the region’s strategic position within them.