Top speakers for investment summit

DUBAI The impact of trade liberalisation under the World Trade Organisation (WTO) on the Arab countries will be one of the key topics which will be discussed at the International Investment Summit to be held here from May 3-5.

By A Staff Reporter

Published: Sat 8 Feb 2003, 3:04 AM

Last updated: Wed 1 Apr 2015, 8:21 PM

Announcing the agenda for the major international summit, Mohammed Al Gergawi, chairman, of the Dubai Development and Investment Authority (DDIA) said the three-day event, which has attracted top speakers from around the world, will cover a wide range of investment issues.
The summit will open with the keynote address by General Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, the UAE Minister of Defence and President of the Dubai Development and Investment Authority, on, 'A vision for the region - towards regional integration, the way forward.'

The summit will hold a discussion on 'dismantling trade barriers: The Arab World - A unified regional block' will focus on how trade liberalisation and the creation of a rule based mechanism under the WTO agreements have arguably brought benefits to many countries at the expense of others.
It will explore the pros and cons of forming a unified economic block or 'common market' to better compete in the new global economy and what is holding it back.

Al Gergawi said the summit with the theme 'New World, New Regions, New Imperatives' will explore the implications of the new world order, hurdles and opportunities with special attention on how to tap into the Arab region's potential to attract investments."
Among the speakers who have confirmed attendance include Donald J. Johnston, secretary-general, Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and Carlos Magarinos, director-general, United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO).

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