Conference Co-sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Qatar & UCLA Burkle Center for International Relations
MEDIA RELEASE (The opening of` International Conference on issues of the Energy and the Middle East in Qatar) Conference Co-sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Qatar & UCLA Burkle Center for International Relations (Doha, Qatar) – Tomorrow, Monday 30th Jan, 2006 the works of the International Conference, " ENRICHING THE MIDDLE EAST’S ECONOMIC FUTURE " will be opened in the Ritz Carlton Hotel- Doha at 11 : 00 AM. The conference, co-sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Qatar and the UCLA Ronald W. Burkle Center for International Relations, will focus on key economic issues in the region, including energy security, Asia’s emerging role in the petroleum market, and the Middle East’s impact on the global marketplace. “The economic and regional stability of the Middle East is of vital importance to the entire world community, and as events in this region are rapidly progressing, it is important that the concerned parties from around the world join together in a dialogue focused on tackling challenges and employing solutions," said President Bill Clinton. President Bill Clinton, who will speak at the conference tomorrow morning and His Excellency Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jabr Al-Thani, First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs are among the high-ranking international leaders from the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East attending and speaking at the three-day conference. “The government of Qatar is pleased to host this group of international leaders who are interested in discussing critical issues of importance to the nations and states of this vital area of the world” said His Excellency Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jabr Al-Thani, First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the State of Qatar. “Enriching the Middle East's Economic Future’ will explore the ways that the region can better utilize rising oil revenues. Economic progress can lead to social and political benefits, the advancement of democratization, and to a lessening of conflict and hostility region-wide,” said Steven L. Spiegel, UCLA political scientist and Conference Chair for the Burkle Center. The Ronald W. Burkle Center for International Relations (BCIR) is an integral part of the UCLA International Institute which provides the highest quality policy analysis on the most pressing problems on the global geopolitical landscape that affect American foreign policy. The Center’s work includes research, teaching and public outreach and service on the contemporary world and the role of the United States in global security, military, political, social and economic affairs. For more information on the Burkle Center for International Relations and the conference visit our website at: (http://www.international.ucla.edu/bcir/doha/). The Conferences Organizing Committee at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is organizing the following conferences annually: The U.S. Muslim World Forum, A Dialogue Between Religions, Democracy Development and Free Trade, and NATO and Security in the Gulf. For further information on The Permanent Committee for Organizing Conferences, and this Conference, please visit it's website as follows : (http://www.qatar-conferences.org).