The Arab Economic Summit,
19-20 January 2009,
State of Kuwait

Speech of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nehayan
President of the United Arab Emirates
at the Inauguration Session

We are pleased today to be in the brotherly country of Kuwait to participate with our brothers the Majesties, Excellencies, Highnesses & Presidents in the Conference of Arab Economic & Social Summit … the first of its kind, which is held in an initiative from our brother His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah the Amir of the State of Kuwait, to advance & develop the joint Arab economic cooperation & achieve Arab economic & social renaissance that meet the ambitions & aspirations of the people of our Arab Nation.


We, based on our solid conviction that the main access to realize the Arab national security is through achieving economic & social security. We look forward that this meeting will be a blessed step towards activating the joint Arab work in all its courses, contributing in gathering the Arab line & unifying the word against the challenges & dangers that we are all facing.


Meanwhile, we hope that the Economic Summit would be a new turning point towards advancing the Arab economic cooperation, achieving integrity in employing the Arab potentials & resources, enhancing the mechanisms of the Arab Economic Council & activating a comprehensive developmental strategies to establish an Arab renaissance which secures the Arab citizen in all places a decent life that he aspires in present & future.


In addition, the challenges that face our Arab Nation within the global financial crisis & the globalization age require us to agree on proper joint stances to avoid the repercussion of this crisis & set effective strategies to cope with what the world is witnessing today of developments & changes in the scientific & technological fields to enable us to participate effectively in the economy of knowledge.


We welcome, in this respect, the Economic Forum which will be held within the activities of the Summit & bring together the private sector with the Arab organizations as it plays an important role in realizing the economic integration. We depend on the private sector for its role in attracting investment among the Arab countries & contributing in comprehensive economic & social development.


We with great confidence, hope that we adopt through our qualitative Summit resolutions that contribute in enhancing the joint Arab work & strengthen the cooperation relations & economic integrity among our countries that serve our peoples' aspirations of economic & social welfare.




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