Doha: (Agencies: 11/1/2011): Speakers gave a call for closer co-operation between governments and civil society organisations at different levels as the 7th Forum for Future of G8 and countries of the Broader Middle East and North Africa (BMena) got underway at Ritz Carlton Doha yesterday.
Calling upon the representatives of government and civil societies to intensify their dialogues for strengthening relations, speakers said the key to the success of the forum depended on how closely the two sections were working together to achieve better results for the overall development of the region.
HE Foreign Minister’s Assistant of follow-up Affairs Mohammed Bin Abdullah Al Rumaihi emphasized in his speech the important role of the Civil Society Organization in strengthening the relationships between the governments and the business sector and creating a path that links the three, political, economical and social reforms in the region. HE noted to the important role of the Civil Society Organizations in establishing a broad base of activists in the field of human rights, the rule of law and development in order to be presented in an effective way on the stage of social and political transformations in the region, and to adjust the things through the oversight role of the important and responsible contribution in the process of building a state of law and institutions, a community development and the preservation of peace and stability.
For his part, Bob Paquin representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Canada delivered a speech in which he expressed Canada’s commitment to support the partnership between the G8 and BMENA. "Canada strongly reaffirms our commitment to supporting a partnership between the G8 and BMENA countries to share experiences and best practices on governance issues", he said
HE the Chairman of Qatar National Human Rights Committee Dr. Ali Bin Smaikh Al- Marri said the Commission and its partners sought to organize successfully the Forum for the Future by inviting the largest number possible of representatives of civil society with its different spectra to participate in this meeting. Addressing the Forum’s opening session, Dr. Al-Marri aspired that the meeting would be an open and rich space with civilized ideas and constructive visions in order to select the best and appropriate ways possible to activate the three regional workshops recommendations provided in both Istanbul, Beirut and Doha regarding peaceful solution to disputes, democratic transition and the role of the private sector in the area of social responsibility and youth participation. He said this meeting aims to prepare the final document including the outputs and results of these workshops, which will be sent to the Forum for the Future VII at the level of Ministers of Foreign Affairs. Dr. Al-Marri also expressed his hope that more attention would be given to how to put these recommendations into effect in order to achieve more effective partnership between civil society and governments on the desired reform with its various tracks.
The Vice President of International Development Research Centre in Canada Lauchlan T. Munro delivered a speech in which he expressed his pleasure fo being chosen as Canda’s civil society partner in the Forum for the Future 2010. "We are pleased to be working with our Qatari partners, the National Human Rights Commission of Qatar and the Arab Democracy Foundation on this important initiative. I would like to thank them and the State of Qatar for hosting us here today," he said.
For his part, Secretary General of the Arab Association for Democracy, Mohsen Marzouk, called on taking the Forum for the Future as a model to develop similar regional and local spaces in all the Arab countries through the establishment of a permanent forum for reform and development.