Speech of His Highness the Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber
Al-Sabah in the 3rd Arab Developmental, Economic and Social Summit,
Riyadh 21-22 January 2013


In the Name of Allah the Most Merciful the Most Beneficent

Praise be to God, the Lord of the Universe, and Peace be upon his prophet Mohamed, his family and his companions.

His Majesty the Custodian of the two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz Al Suad, Head of the Third Arab Developmental, Economic and Social Summit,,,

Their Majesties,,,
Highnesses and Excellencies,,,
Leaders of the Arab Countries,,,
His Excellency the Secretary General of the Arab League,,,
Ladies and Gentlemen,,,

Assalamu Alikom wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatoh

In the outset I am pleased to express my sincere thanks and gratitude to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, and the Government and people of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for the excellent reception and hospitality, and the outstanding preparation for this important meeting, praising in this regard the keenness of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques to work on all issues that strengthen our joint Arab work and his invitation to hold the third session of this summit on the Land of the Two Holy Mosques. I also would like to thank the leadership, government, and the people of the Arab Republic of Egypt for their role and following up of the execution of the decisions of both the first and the second summits, which copes with its leading role on the level of the joint Arab work.

Majesties, Highnesses and Excellencies,

I find it obligatory in the beginning of my speech to refer with great grief and pain and the human tragedy suffered by our brothers in Syria, where killing and destruction machine continues to claim thousands of lives and blindly destroy all surroundings. Our efforts on all levels did not lead to putting out the flames of the crisis in Syria due to the unresponsiveness of the regime to all initiatives on both the regional and the international levels.

This horrible crisis requires us to collectively move within the framework of an international effort to provide necessary funds and qualified cadres for elevating their humanitarian suffering via providing shelter, clothes, food and securing necessary healthcare. Out of our awareness of the size of this human tragedy, and its brunt upon the Syrian people in Syria and abroad, my country Kuwait responded to the initiative of the Secretary General of the United Nations to hold an international conference for donors to assist the humanitarian situation of the Syrian people on the thirtieth of January in Kuwait. From this rostrum, I call all the donor countries to effectively contribute to that conference and to help provide targeted financial resources to meet the needs of the Syrian people.

Majesties, Highnesses and Excellencies,

We reiterate our congratulations to ourselves and to the Palestinians for their obtainment of the status of observer at the United Nations; a success that has been achieved because of the justice of the case. In this concern we assure the importance of the unity of Palestinian parties and putting aside their differences.

The economic conditions and financial difficulties faced by the Palestinian people as a result of Israeli practices and arbitrary actions necessitate that we, being in an occasion that seeks to improve the conditions of development for the Arab world, pay attention to our brothers in Palestine and to hasten providing the necessary support to them to enable them confront the challenges of the current phase.

Majesties, Highnesses and Excellencies,

Since our first economic summit, we keep assuring that our joint work should be kept away from any effects of our political differences. It was confirmed to us that this approach is the right one. Perhaps the continuation of holding our economic summits regularly confirms the accuracy of our vision and the right thinking of the need to enhance our joint Arab work.

The materializations of our two previous summits are considered a quantitative achievement on the level of our joint Arab work, but remains below the level of our anticipations, And thus requires continuation of efforts and passing several obstacles that hinder our work, in order to be able to materialize further achievements.

Majesties, Highnesses and Excellencies,

We meet today, with an agenda full of essential topics dealing with the economic, social and developmental issues, which, if approved, will, God willing, contribute to reaching our goals and objectives for the good of our countries, the well-being of our peoples and the elevation of our region.

Majesties, Highnesses and Excellencies,

Our third economic summit is held under several political variables and an international economic crisis, effects of which are felt and tackled worldwide. We are invited today to double our efforts and joint work to concentrate upon developmental, economic and social fields, and to coordinate our economic and financial programs and policies, set necessary laws and legislations to stimulate intraregional trade, encourage and protect investment, facilitate the movement of capitals, establish joint infrastructures to contribute to the creation of strong economies that provide productive jobs for our citizens, and which are capable to confront the challenges of the future. We also believe in the role of the private sector as an essential partner in development and in the support of joint Arab work, which requires providing full support to it.

Majesties, Highnesses and Excellencies,

My country Kuwait launched its initiative of establishing a fund for supporting small and medium projects of the private sector in the Arab world. Thanks to God and to your generous support, the fund has been activated, and almost 60% of its capital, being 2 billion dollars, has been provided through the contributions of fifteen countries till date. This is a clear indication of our common desire and sincere willingness to enhance our joint Arab work and providing assistance for small projects executed by youth sector in our Arab World. The Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development commenced its lending activities. Pursuant to the current records of this initiative, the total amount of loans allocated by the fund reached 245 million dollars. We would like, through this summit, to invite the remaining Arab countries to join this vital Arab project in order to be able to complete the achievement of its anticipated objectives.

In conclusion, I reiterate thanks to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud and to the Government and people of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. I would like to also thank His Excellency the Secretary General of the Arab League Mr. Nabil Elaraby and Assistant Secretaries-General and the General Secretariat for their effort to make this summit a success, praying to the Almighty to guide us to the good of our nation and to meeting the aspirations of our peoples.

Assalamu Alaikom wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatoh.

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