With participation of 20 countries from the Middle East and North Africa and the Group of Eight and 10 international partners, in addition to 250 participants from civil society organizations as well as representatives of the business sector in the Middle East and the Group of Eight, the seventh edition of the Forum for the Future is due to begin in Doha on Tuesday.
The three-day forum, which its current session is co-chaired by the State of Qatar and Canada, seeks to create a framework for inclusive and flexible dialogue to promote democracy, civil society participation, training development and modern economic growth. It also aims at establishing partnerships and providing a framework at the ministerial level to coordinate the dialogue among the G8, the Middle East, business leaders and civil society institutions. HE the Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabor Al Thani will officially inaugurate the Forum on January 13. The opening session will be co-chaired by HE the Prime Minister and Foreign Minister and Canadian Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon, where they will give key remarks.
HE Assistant Foreign Minister for Follow Up Affairs Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Rumaihi, who is also chairman of Permanent Committee for Organizing Conferences, told Qatar News Agency (QNA) earlier that Qatar's hosting of this forum came as a continuation to and confirmation of the State's efforts to establish reform, enhance development and stability in the Region at all levels as well as to back international endeavors to bring about security and peace to the world. He explained that 38 foreign ministers will take part in the forum, including US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and French Foreign Minister Michele Alliot-Marie, and Canadian Foreign Minister, as well as several Arab Foreign Ministers and Spain and Afghanistan Foreign Ministers, in addition to participants representing international partners such as foreign ministers of Hungary and Switzerland, and a representative of the Japanese parliament. Al Rumaihi noted that the issues and themes such as reforms in the areas of democracy, governance, and elections, as well as the role of civil society organizations in the path of democracy and reform will be on the agenda of the three-day forum. He added that there will be also panel discussions and speeches by representatives of civil society and private sector. Other issues include peace between Palestine and Israel and instability in some regions, he added. (qna)