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Dan Rather moderates democracy meet

Web posted at: 4/12/2006 8:26:12
Source ::: The Peninsula/by AYSE ALIBEYOGLU
First Deputy Premier and Foreign Minister H E Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem bin Jabor Al Thani and H E Sheikha Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani with other guests attending the Sixth Doha Forum on Democracy, Development and Free Trade opening yesterday.

DOHA: Democracy, development, free and fair trade, the rule of law, international security and cooperation, for the developing as well as the developed countries, were the main topics being addressed by speakers at the opening ceremony of the Doha Forum.

"The Middle East region has not yet reached its full potential, however those in the West should realise that change can not be imposed from outside but from within, and begin to form real partnerships between growing economies, to ensure a better future for us all and realise that in terms of policy - one size does not fit all" on this high note the panel discussion began.

The Sixth Doha Forum on Democracy, Development and Free Trade opening session was held yesterday evening at the Doha Sheraton Hotel, moderated by world renowned CBS News Anchor, Dan Rather.

The panellists included: Baroness Symons, Member of House of Lords, London; AbdulAziz Abdulghani, President of Council State of Yemen; Rossevelt Skeritt, Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Dominica and Azouz Begag, Minister delegate for the promotion of opportunities.

AbdulAziz Abdulghani stressed, "the advanced nations must help developing countries to integrate in the international trade system and ensure a citizens right to fool, education and healthcare".

In support of this statement, Rossevelt Skeritt added that it should be in the interest of all nations to "improve the life expectancy and life experiences of all people in this world, and to satisfy not only primary needs of humankind but also tangible needs, such as education, in order for self actualisation".

"A New World Order needs to be created" commented Skeritt, "free of poverty, ignorance, greed and prejudice".

Azouz Begag highlighted the importance for "a culture of tolerance" and the key to achieving this is "dialogue and the free movement of people and ideas in order for development to occur".

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