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Emir of Qatar Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani opened the sixth Doha Forum on Democracy, Development and Free Trade at the Doha Sheraton on Tuesday evening, reports the Qatari-based daily The Peninsula.

The three-day conference is organized by the Qatari Planning Council in collaboration with the Qatar Businessmen's Association and the Gulf Studies Centre.

The conference is examining future challenges faced by the Arab world's civil societies and ways to overcome them. It is also discussing various types of reforms in the Middle East; media freedom; dialogue between various civilizations; democratization; and the war on terror.

During the conference, Foreign Minister Hamad Bin Jasim Bin Jabir Al Thani will speak at a session on enhancing democracy and combating terrorism.

Over 560 delegates from 72 countries are attending the conference, including 118 from the Americas.

The delegates will hold a session on the growing role of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and its increasing impact on the international economic system.

According to The Peninsula, one of the sessions will be devoted to power and opposition in Arab countries. The session will focus on the struggle of the civil societies in each country.

One session will also deal with Arab media, and discuss the differences between media values in the world's various regions.

By The Media Line Staff on Wednesday, April 12, 2006

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