Talal Abu Ghazaleh, chairman of Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Organization
His Highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Emir of the State of Qatar, inaugurated today the 12th Doha Forum and Enriching the Middle East's Economic Future Conference at Doha Sheraton Hotel.
HH the Emir focused on the Palestinian issue saying that the nations who rebelled against their rulers will not allow the continuous Israeli occupation without a revolution if they do not end their occupying plans and allow for a legitimate Palestinian state.
HH the Emir tackled the challenges saying: "There are a lot of complex economic problems that require long time or that may be hard to solve once such as low economic growth, high rates of unemployment and low productivity. People should be engaged to understand the difficulties with complete transparency in order to make it clear what can be processed immediately and what would need time and what are the priorities."
HH the Emir also noted the challenges of achieving the Millennium Development Goals in developing countries, saying that achieving most of these goals by 2015 became elusive in poorer countries. This applies to the goals associated with securing sanitation and the provision of safe drinking water, primary education for all, the protection of biodiversity, the reduction of mortality rate of children under five, women's empowerment and reducing the number of undernourished people in the world.
Meanwhile, HH Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jabr Al-Thani, Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs delivered a speech saying: "There is no doubt that the most significant characteristic of the current political period of our region is the strength and effectiveness of the broad popular demands for reform, that have been the driving force behind the Arab revolutions. That is the reason why that strong popular movement has been yearning for the rule of law, the respect for freedoms, the elimination of corruption and the consolidation of socio-economic development."
The morning session witnessed the participation of Talal Abu-Ghazaleh, chairman of Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Organization who stressed that development may not be limited to economic indicators, which we are accustomed to hear about without looking for the effects of economic indicators on citizens, as the goal of development is not only to have increased rates of overall growth, but growth for the citizen means the need to establish and publicize the social indicators that demonstrate the social impact.
He also focused on development for the future through transforming the Arab society into a knowledge society saying knowledge is the key to wealth.
Abu-Ghazaleh called for achieving a revolution in education in the Arab region to create a new educational system suitable for the knowledge revolution saying that the Arab renaissance started by the knowledge of the youth so we can create an Arab generation of knowledge workers who can lead the world.
The opening was attended by HE the Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabor Al Thani, HE the Chairman of the Administrative Control and Transparency Authority Abdullah bin Hamad al-Attiyah, a number of Their Excellencies Sheikhs, the Speaker of the Advisory Council and Ministers, as well as heads of the diplomatic missions and guests from 84 countries.