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Inter-dependence key to global peace and stability, says Emir

The 10th Doha Forum and Enriching Future Economy Conference was opened in the presence of a host of heads of states, parliamentarians and representatives of international forums by HH the Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani at Ritz-Carlton Hotel yesterday.
In his inaugural address, the Emir said the latest forum was taking place at a time when the whole world is encountering unprecedented financial challenges in the wake of an economic slowdown and hence no conference or forum would be able to deliver long-lasting solutions to any major issues.

HH the Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani with Jordan’s Queen Rania, Finnish President Tarja Halonen, former Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski and President of Zanzibar Amani Abeid Karume at the Enriching the Middle East’s Economic Future conference in Doha yesterday
“Each of us needs to follow seriously the deliberations taking place at similar international decision-making conferences as every country is faced with major issues having a bearing on the world security, safety and stability,” the Emir said.
Even though the world has attained unprecedented levels of scientific and technological advances that ensure the fairly good availability of resources and finances, there are a host of turbulent issues that are giving sleepless nights to citizens of both developed and developing world, he said.
“We have an advanced world whose communities are vulnerable to apprehensions on their social security and legitimate aspirations of their people,” he said.
Stressing that countries needed to depend on one another more than ever before, the Emir felt only such an interdependence could ensure peace and stability throughout the world.
Speaking earlier, HE the Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabor al-Thani highlighted the necessity of rule of law taking precedence over the rule of might.
The Prime Minister said innovative thinking and social interaction give a feeling of security among people, both at the regional and international levels.
Later in the first session on “insights on security and global stability”, CEO of the World Economic Forum Claus Schwab said it is high time the world realised the power equations were changing fast and one needs to look at China and India among others what their economies were contributing to the world economy.
“The world order is changing fast and in the wake of the economic slowdown, one needs to evaluate the crisis from the globalisation’s point of view,” said Schwab.
The economist said the world is heading towards a stage where there are no local, regional or international boundaries. “Each country is reliant on the other and every development in another country would certainly have a bearing on one’s own country. The success of each nation depends on the work being carried out by those crisis managers who could provide long-term solutions to perils afflicting economies, said Schwab.
Speaking earlier, Macedonian President George Ivanov said security within one’s country is as important as security in a whole region. The speaker said his country housed about 20 ethnic groups and good relations between each of them has contributed considerably to its development in recent years.
Terming Macedonia as “a model for future”, Ivanov said the country enjoyed good relations with its neighbours and his people felt more peaceful and secure than what they used to be.
To a question from moderator David Foster on Greece, Ivanov said the country is suffering from paranoia and is ruining Macedonia’s bid to join the European Union despite its good efforts to support debt-ridden Greece.
Speaking earlier, Finland’s President Tarja Halonen felt issues arising out of climatic variations were as critical as economic challenges the world is encountering these days.
The Finnish president said the European nations were doing their best to give better living environs to their citizens.
The speaker felt the initiatives made by US President Barack Obama and Russian Premier Dmitry Medvedev in recent months would help reduce arms race considerably in future. “Being an optimist, I have enough reasons to firmly believe in their promises and commitment to the world,” she said.

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