DEMOCRACY & DEVELOPMENT : Facing the Challenges of Our Generation

"The democracy we are talking about and endeavoring to establish as a basis of governance in our country, draws its foundation and elements from the legacy of our faith and the practices and experience of world established democracies, taking into account the rich tradition of Islamic values, as well as social and family relationships and kinship which we take pride in. For several years Qatar has been witnessing a process of democracy that, we are trying to enhance and develop....The national heritage of the Qatari people dictates the country's own way of dealing with the drastic social, cultural and economic changes that focused itself on this society."
H.H. Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani,
Emir of the State of Qatar

The state of Qatar hosts the fifth Doha Forum on Democracy and Free Trade this year under the auspices of His Highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani and with the participation of an upper crust elite of world experts and intellectuals.

The staging of the conference offers a good opportunity for the Qatari leadership to reflect its strong support of the principles of democracy and free trade as viable basis for the economic and social policies it is trying to promote. These principles - including the concepts of personal initiative; responsible freedom; social justice and political, economic and cultural openness - reflect to a great extent the objectives that Qatar is aspiring to achieve under the leadership and guidance of His Highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani The Emir Of Qatar. They are also considered mandatory springboards from which Qatar should launch its plans and aspirations, aiming to develop itself and maintain its role as a conductive, active and influential member in today's world movement towards a brighter future.




Click here to view the Speech of His Highness The Emir Of The State of QATAR during the OPENING Ceremony of the 4th Conference on Democracy & Free Trade held 5-6 April 2004.



 

 
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