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Doha Forum & Conference of Enriching the Middle East Economic Future Concludes
2010-06-02
The 10th Doha Forum and Conference of Enriching the Middle East Economic Future concluded here this evening the evening at Ritz carlton Hotel. The three - day Forum held under the patronage of HH the Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, was organized by the Permanent Committee for Organizing Conferences, at the Foreign Ministry.
Speaking at the closing session, HE Assistant Foreign Minister for Follow Up Affairs of the Standing Committee for Organizing Conferences at the Foreign Ministry Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Rumaihi said this session was a ceremony to mark the 10th anniversary of the start of the Forum, which began with a conference on Free Trade and evolved into a forum for Democracy and Free Trade in 2005 and became a forum for democracy and free trade.
HE al Rumaihi expressed sincere thanks to all the participants, noting that this session saw the participation of more than 90 countries where there was an exchange of ideas and offering explicit platform forum, which was deemed unique by brining together academics, community representatives, civil servants and politicians from the opposition, parliamentarians and opinion makers and businessmen from various countries.
For his part, Steven Spiegel, Director of the Middle East Development Centre at the University of California, Los Angeles, reviewed the overall ideas and proposals of the participants of the Conference.
He said the conference had discussed the implications of global financial crisis and come out with suggestions to address issues related to global economic recovery, poverty issues, education and women's role and influence of China as an emerging economic power in the region.
He noted that the participants had dealt with the issue of climate change, energy and global economic growth, besides issues of strengthening investment movement in the Middle East.
He said that the speakers put forward the idea of establishing a specialized centre to tackle issues of interest to the region.
They urged the international community to invest in the infrastructure of the economy, and education as well as direct investment in the tourism and banking sectors, he added.
He said that the participants called for the empowerment of women and promote their role in business and develop programs for their participation in the labor market.
He added that the environment and development issues were the main themes addressed by the conference.
He noted in this context that the participants stressed the importance of international cooperation to address the challenges related to climate change, and called on politicians to use a portion of the financing of their electoral campaigns for local development issues in the fields of education, health, job creation and support the owners of private initiatives.
He said the participants suggested establishing a fund to support and manage small and medium enterprises that focus on the issues of vocational training and assist governments to create jobs.
The closing session of the Forum also dealt with role of civil society organizations in the promotion of social peace, political participation and contribution to the mechanisms of national reconciliation and the enhancement of peace as a joint effort of the UN and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), in addition to women's empowerment, citizenship, political rights and the role of youth in the pushing forward the development process and democratic practice.

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