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Doha 6th forum for democracy to discuss important & vital issues

The Doha 6th forum for democracy, development and free trade is to open at the Sheraton Doha hotel next Tuesday 11 April 2006 with prominent world officials, parliamentarians, diplomats, intellectuals and academicians from various international, governmental and non-governmental organizations taking part.

The two-day forum, co-organized by the supreme planning council, the Qatari Businessmen Association, and the Gulf Studies Centre in collaboration with the conferences permanent committee at the foreign ministry, aims at enhancing dialogue on principles, democratic values and economic, social and social pluralism all over the world.

H.E. Mohamed bin Abdullah Al-Rumaihi, the assistant foreign minister for follow-up affairs said that the convening of the forum on Qatar's soil reflects Qatar's clinch to open horizons of responsible and constructive dialogue to achieve the cherished aspirations for tremendous and tangible progress at local, regional and international levels.

He added that the forum reflects the effective and influential role Qatar has played at the intellectual, political and economic aspects as being one of the huge blocs or groupings worldwide for strengthening humanity- bound action.

The assistant foreign minister for follow-up affairs said that a big group of those interested and concerned in political affairs and economic reforms, trade and development namely 560 personnel from outside Qatar plus 300 from inside Qatar will attend the forum coming from around 170 countries.

H.E. Mohamed bin Abdullah Al-Rumaihi hailed the sponsorship and contributions made by the several Qatari economic corporations and companies to make such a function a success.

For his part, Dr. Hassan Al Ansari, the chairman of the Gulf Studies Centre said that the forum will focus on three major issues democracy, reform and development and free trade. He pointed out that H.E. Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jabor Al Thani, the first deputy premier and foreign minister will address the forum the second day about democracy.

The participants will discuss in details over their sessions and deliberations numerous, coral and pivotal axes dealing with democracy, freedoms and the future challenges facing the regional institutions. They will also review the march of the civil societies in the Arab world, the reform process in the Arab countries, the media values, the civilization dialogue for promoting and enhancing democracy plus effective and strenuous efforts for combating terrorism.

This in addition to the increasing role of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and its mounting effects on the international economic mechanism, the north-south relations and the emergence of new partnerships and the human development reports and equality between men and women and boosting partnership between the private and public sectors, the employment issues and education related causes and the impacts of the monetary reforms in The Cooperation Council for the Arab states of the Gulf (GCC) member states.

The forum will also tackle in a special session a dialogue about civilizations and how to become an alternate to the clash of civilizations plus discussing the culture of tolerance and accepting the other's view and the role of education in introducing the various civilizations and the peaceful and constructive dialogue among cultures and adaptation with globalization, the successes made by the e-government and the human rights concept in light of the world changes and the role of the young people and the civil societies in the political reform process.

The Doha forum for democracy, development and free trade launched five years ago has chosen Qatar as its seat owing to due keenness to enhance and promote the democratization process in the social, economic and political aspects inside and outside to achieve the required reforms and attain a more brighter future strategy in the region.

 H.H. the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani has asserted that democracy we aspire for as a base for rule in our country stems its elements from our heritage, faith, doctrine and experiments of the firmly rooted democracies worldwide, taking into account our traditions which are rich in Islamic and customary values of the Bedouins and family cohesive traditions which we all feel proud of.

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