The three-day conference is organised by Arab League, Inter-Arab Investment Guarantee Corporation, General Union of Chambers of Commerce, Industry & Agriculture for Arab Countries and the Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry under the theme “Invest in IT”.
HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and UAE Minister of Finance & Industry, will open the three-day conference on Monday evening by delivering a speech on behalf of HH Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
HH Sheikh Hamdan, in his message published in the Conference Congress Book, has called for a “united and ongoing cooperation among Arab businessmen and investors to boost efforts of the Governments of Arab countries which are working with the private sector to embrace economic changes taking place in the rest of the world.”
Addressing a press conference to announce key speakers and dignitaries attending the conference, Mr. Abdul Rahman Al Mutaiwee, Director-General of the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said:
“The participation of high-ranking delegations demonstrates that Arab countries are determined to achieve progress by embracing global developments. It also displays their confidence in Arab expertise which enjoys world- class standards as Arab countries concentrate on adopting innovative development programmes and IT tools, instead of merely copying western models.”
Several Ministers are attending the conference, including the following:
H.E. Najeeb Mikati, Minister of Public Works and Transport, Lebanon, the Keynote Speaker
H.E. Dr. Mohammad Khalfan bin Kharbash, Minister of State for Finance & Industry, UAE
Dato Amar Leo Moggie, Minister for Energy, Communications & Multimedia, Malaysia
H.E. Dr. Galal Youssef Al Diggeir, Minister of Industry and Investment, Sudan
H.E. Dr. Ahmad Mahjoub, Secretary of State to Minister of Communication Technologies in charge of IT, Tunisia
H.E. Dr. Mohammed Al Amadi, Minister of Economy & Trade, Syria
H.E. Noureddine Bou Karrouh, Minister of Contribution and Reforms Coordination, Algeria
H.E. Hassan Khodr, Minister for Internal Trade, Egypt
H.E. Ahmed Alihlimi Alami, Minister of Social Economy, Small & Medium Construction & Handicrafts, in charge of Cabinet Affairs, Morocco
H.E. Abdulrahman Mohammed Ali Othman, Minister of Trade & Industry, Yemen.
“The strong Arab participation in this major conference should send a strong signal that despite current economic problems facing the world, Arab countries are still committed to building stronger and more active economies to boost development,” said Mr. Al Mutaiwee.
Among the high-level delegations attending the conference are a 52-member delegation from Algeria, a 50-member delegation from Egypt, a 45-member delegation from Tunisia, a 32-member delegation from Syria, a Saudi delegation of 24 businessmen and officials, an 18-member delegation from Jordan and 12-member delegation from Lebanon. There is also strong participation from businessmen and investors from Bahrain, Kuwait Morocco, Qatar, Sudan, Mauritania, Yemen and Libya.
Joint Arab chambers from Western countries are also taking part in the conference. The participants include Mr. Michel Habib Deloncle, president, Arab French Chamber of Commerce; Mr. Angelo Correia, president, Arab Portuguese Chamber of Commerce; Mr. Khalil Shahade, Member of Board, Arab Swiss Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Louis Maguire, president of Arab Irish Chamber of Commerce and Mr. Shuaib Taleb, Secretary General of Arab Belgian Chamber of Commerce. Among the foreign delegations attending the conference is a German delegation comprising 13 businessmen and businesswomen.
Mr Ahmad Abdul Rahman Al Banna, Assistant Director General of the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Studies and International Affairs said the conference would be enriched by topics relevant to companies which rely on IT to develop business and modernise its systems as well as to investors who are keen to enhance their investment in beneficial and profitable projects.
“These papers will be extremely important for Governments as they will outline measures to modernise and develop Government institutions by embracing global developments,” Mr. Al Banna added.
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