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Democracy, free trade forum begins tomorrow
Web posted at: 4/22/2007 3:0:14
Source ::: The Peninsula/QNA
doha • The 7th Doha Forum on Democracy, Development and Free Trade kicks off here coming tomorrow with participation of leading intellectuals, politicians and academics from Qatar and the world.

Assistant Foreign Minister for Follow Up Affairs H E Mohamed bin Abdullah Al Rumeihi said that various issues of concern to participating countries and other world countries would be taken up for discussion during the forum to be held at Ritz Carlton Hotel.

Al Rumeihi who chairs the conferences standing committee said the 7th Doha Forum would be different form the previous ones in the manner in which issue are discussed.

He noted that this time conferees would all meet together at sessions each moderated by six who would share discussion with the participants. About 90 participants, representing leading politicians, businessmen, studies and research centres, academics and the media would be there to debate issues on the forums agenda, he said.

The Minister said more than 500 participants from 70 countries would take part in the forum and for the first time a large number of Arab businessmen would attend.

Doha Forum on Democracy had earned a position among the big similar conferences held in Europe and the Middle East and had succeeded in drawing attention of many renowned figures from among politicians, businessmen and researchers because of the freedom in which it tackles issues and the outstanding participation, he said.

He noted that visions about problems and obstacles facing democracy, trade and development would be forged during the forum and some solutions would be prescribed.

He considered the forum an opportunity for helping the reforms process in the world a matter that could result in some change in policies, especially regarding democracy and development and their role in the development of people and nations.

He said the forum would focus on issues such education, the role of regions in society, liberties, women freedom and other social issues.

“We have no special aim or agenda behind continuation of this forum, we are only organisers, not theorists and don’t interfere in what takes place inside halls,? he said. He noted that issues to be discussed wouldn’t touch on a certain party or government, but would be international issues of concern to all.

Al Rumeni said the forum would provide an opportunity to participates to witness the great developmental rise Qatar is witnessing, economically, socially and culturally under the leadership of the Emir H H Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani and the Heir Apparent H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.
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His Highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, the Emir of the State of Qatar,inaugurated the activities of the "the Doha 7th Forum on Democracy, Development and Free Trade " in the Ritz Carlton Hotel - Doha, today 23 April ,which will continue from 23 - 25 April 2007

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