Doha Development Forum opens

DUBAI - Doha Development Forum (DDF), was inaugurated yesterday by Shaikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the Crown Prince, in his first official appearance. The milestone event, hosting hundreds of VIP's and over 25 world-renowned economic experts, is taking place in Doha today and tomorrow.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Tue 17 Feb 2004, 9:53 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 11:53 AM

A key objective of DDF 2004 is to facilitate the exchange of views and ideas amongst internationally and regionally acclaimed economic experts. Discussion topics will include new millennium goals with development challenges, defining the role of government in a changing political and economic climate, and examining the preparation of government administration for effective globalisation.

Following the welcome address given by Shaikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, the morning included speeches by Shaikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabor Al Thani, First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Abdullah bin Hamad Al Attiyah, Second Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Energy & Industry with the keynote address delivered by James Thomson, President and CEO, Rand Corporation.

The two day forum comprises seven themed sessions with the first day's agenda focusing on Global Political Developments & Regional Challenges, Changing Roles of Government and Enabling Technology in the Middle East - Bridging the Gap featuring such globally respected intellectuals as John Simpson - BBC Simpson's World and F. W. de Klerk - Former President of South Africa. Former USA Vice-President Al Gore was the keynote speaker at the DDF's session focusing on the Changing Role of Government.

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