World Economic Forum’s Global Reconciliation Summit to open Saturday in Jordan

Published June 17th, 2003 - 02:00 GMT

Under the theme ‘Visions for a Shared Future’, the World Economic Forum (WEF)’s Global Reconciliation Summit will be held in Jordan, June 21-23, 2003, under the patronage of King Abdullah II. The extraordinary annual meeting will attract 1,000 leaders from business, politics and civil society from the Arab world, Europe and the United States. 


Speaking at the press conference, Jordan’s Minister of Planning Bassem Awadallah, talked of his country’s pivotal role in the Middle East. “The region is passing through a crucial phase of change. We want to harness Jordan’s moderating role, its friendly ties with all parties and its pioneering political and social model to positively influence the process of transformation in the region that will hopefully lead to peace, security and prosperity, and make a positive contribution to global development and stability.” 


Representatives from both Israel and the Palestinian Authority have agreed to meet privately during the World Economic Forum’s Jordan Summit. Members of the peace Quartet (UN, Russia, USA and EU) will attend the meeting as well. 


Key Arab leaders will also be in Jordan, including Amre Moussa, secretary general of the League of Arab States, and Abdul Rahman Bin Hamad Al-Attiaya, secretary general of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).  


US Secretary of State Colin Powell and US Trade Representative Robert Zoellick will be unveiling their initiative for an Arab free trade zone (FTZ). The newly created Arab Business Council will produce a blueprint for economic development in the region.  


The EU High Representative for Foreign Policy Javier Solana, the Secretary General of NATO Lord Robertson, and the German Vice-Chancellor Joschka Fischer, have also confirmed their full support and participation. 


Frederic Sicre, managing director at the World Economic Forum, said, “We are at a unique moment for the Middle East; it’s time for the region to build a new vision of political, social and economic development for itself. It is up to those who come to Jordan to play their part in this historic opportunity.”  


The World Economic Forum is an independent international organization committed to improving the state of the world. The Forum provides a collaborative framework for the world's leaders to address global issues, engaging particularly its corporate members in global citizenship.  


Incorporated as a foundation, and based in Geneva, Switzerland, the World Economic Forum is impartial and not-for-profit; it is tied to no political, partisan or national interests. The Forum has NGO consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. — ( 

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