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6th Doha Democracy and Development Conference

Doha will host the 6th Qatar Conference on Democracy, Development and Free Trade which will be held from 11 to 13 April 2006, organised by the Planning Council in collaboration with the Qatar Businessmenís Association (QBA) and the Gulf Studies Centre.

This year, 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 closing session of the conference will be addressed by the First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, H E Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem bin Jabor Al Thani.

The first session of the conference will focus on the various challenges faced by regional establishments and their future. The conference will also discuss the impact of the World Trade Organisation on the international economy, north-south relations, south-south ties, new regulations, European-Mediterranean partnerships and cooperation and other issues of importance to the Arab region and the world.

The second session will feature power and opposition in the Arab states, the third on reform in the Arab World, the fourth on issues of building dialogue of civilisations in lieu of clash of civilisations, the fifth on the age of great immigrations which will investigate the conception of immigration and its real motives in politics, ideology, economy, agriculture and environment, as well as shaping the features of the future in the light of such immigrations. The sixth session will focus on the conception of human rights in the light of international transformations.

Will participate in the conference government officials, parliamentarians, academics, experts and members of international NGOís from thirty countries. The goal of this gathering is to create a basis for dialogue on democratic values, as well as economic, social and cultural diversity in the world.

The conference will also focus on means to study necessary measures for establishing democratic reform and assess the impact of such reforms on societies in developing countries. The Emir of Qatar His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani highlighted the choice of Qatar to host this annual event, in its sixth edition this year, by stressing the importance of implementing democracy in this country as a basis for rule, taking into account the nationís value, traditions and principles where Islamic assets represent the guarantee to a democracy-aware society.

His Excellency Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem bin Jabor Al Thani pays special attention to the annual activities of the Qatar Conference on Democracy, Development and Free Trade, which emanates from his deep belief that democracy is the key towards a society of individual initiatives, responsible freedom and social justice.

Foreign Information Agency of the State of Qatar,

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