Egypt, sporting a very young and educated population, has taken the Bangalor track. Using its educated youth, low wages, and central location, it has become the technological hub of Saharan Africa.
Dell, Sony, HP, Motorola, etc now have a major manufacturing presense in the land of the pharohs. Egyptian subcontracting firms, awash in techno-dollars, now vie for control of the increasingly liberal government. The days of Mubarak are over. As the industrial capital of North Africa, Egypt is also attempting to partener with other states such as Etheopia and Sudan for outsourcing of more menial jobs.
Recently the government of Lybia has also been openning its own industrial centers, with Fiat and GM locating new plants in Tripoli.
Yet dispite Egypt's success and Lybia's quest for wealth, the big news is in Palestine where the Isriali company Gilat, and Microsoft have partenered to create the next generation of telecommunications network utilizing Gilats's satelites and Microsoft's Networking. Producing consumer level, low cost satelite phones, and also satelite networkable blackberry and PDA devices.
10 years ago Palestine was in the news mainly because of the intifada. Now Palestine has one of the highest percapita GDP's in the world. Furthermore the increased economic connection between the former enemies has led to a stable and lasting peace that is the envy of those less fortunate places on the Earth such as the American Southwest where ethnic tensions are at an all time high.