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H H Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, will open the sixth Doha Forum on Democracy, Development and Free Trade at the Doha Sheraton this evening
Web posted at: 4/11/2006 2:11:18 Source ::: The Peninsula DOHA: The Emir, H H Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, will open the sixth Doha Forum on Democracy, Development and Free Trade at the Doha Sheraton this evening. The three-day conference is organised by the Planning Council in collaboration with the Qatar Businessmen's Association and the Gulf Studies Centre. The conference will discuss future challenges faced by various establishments in the Arab world, challenges faced by civil societies and ways and means to overcome them, various types of reforms in the Middle East, media freedom, dialogue between various civilisations, democratic moves and how to combat terrorism, among others. The First Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister H E Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem bin Jabor Al Thani will speak at a session on enhancing democracy and combating terrorism. A session on regional institutions and future challenges will discuss the growing role of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and its increasing impact on the international economic system and the North-South relations. A session on power and opposition in the Arab countries will focus on the path of the civil societies in the Arab world between the existing ruling regimes and different opposition movements. A session on media and press will discuss the difference of media values between the world regions and the influence of this difference on media thinking. About 560 delegates from 72 countries are attending the conference.
 
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