The work of the meeting (54) of the Higher Coordinating Committee for joint Arab action and the meeting (6) of the forum of qualitative, specialized Arab federations were concluded, in the presence of His Excellency Mr. Ahmed Aboul Gheit, Secretary General of the Arab League, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
The work of the committees continued for 4 days, and the meetings discussed the issues on their agenda, including food security, the required role of specialized Arab organizations, the results of the work of the 31st session of the League of Arab States Council at the level of the summit held in Algiers in November 2022, and the results of the work of the Climate Summit “COP27”. And held in Sharm El-Sheikh in mid-November 2022, as well as the proposal of the Arab Labor Organization “organizing an Arab / international conference on the digital economy and the role of the private sector in development and employment” and reviewing the Arab strategy for cybersecurity.
The initiatives and projects of joint Arab action organizations and institutions to prepare for the Arab economic and social development summit in the Islamic Republic of Mauritania “Nouakchott” were also discussed and presented.
The meeting discussed the issues raised, including the required role of the Arab federations within the framework of the outcomes of the Arab summit held in Algeria in November 2022, the outcomes of the 27th session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change held in Sharm El-Sheikh in mid-November 2022, and the Arab vision for the digital economy. Which was prepared by the Arab Union for Digital Economy, as well as the results of the work of the International Arab Conference and Exhibition for Small and Medium Industries, which was held in Algeria in November 2022.
The meetings also included a set of recommendations presented by the Arab Union for the Digital Economy, most notably:
The Secretary-General of the League of Arab States honored His Excellency Dr. Ali Mohamed Al-Khouri, Advisor to the Council of Arab Economic Unity and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Arab Union for Digital Economy, with the shield of the Arab League within the activities of the meetings of the (54th) session of the Higher Coordination Committee for joint Arab action hosted by the United Arab Emirates from 23 to January 26, 2023, in the presence of Their Excellencies, the Directors General and heads of Arab organizations affiliated with the League of Arab States, in recognition of his appreciated efforts at the head of the Union to support knowledge societies, accelerate the pace of digitization, and enhance the position of the digital economy in the Arab countries.
The honor came in recognition of the success of Dr. Ali Al-Khouri in leading the union to launch a number of Arab initiatives aimed at encouraging emerging digital companies and raising the capabilities of Arab youth in the field of entrepreneurship, appreciating the role of the Arab Union for Digital Economy in launching many Arab initiatives and managing a wide range of conferences and forums in cooperation with the League of Arab States. In addition to the Federation’s distinguished contributions in preparing studies and reports in cooperation with international institutions, which provide strategic visions and recommendations for decision-makers and policy-makers in the Arab region.
The Arab Union for Digital Economy signed a memorandum of understanding with the Arab Organization for Communication and Information Technology within the activities of the meetings of Session No. (54) of the Higher Coordination Committee for Joint Arab Action, which is hosted by the Arab Union for Digital Economy in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, from January 23 to 26, 2023 under the chairmanship of His Excellency Mr. Ahmed Aboul Gheit, Secretary General of the League of Arab States.
The memorandum aims to enhance cooperation to take advantage of the opportunities offered by the communication and information technology sector, in advancing the economic development process, providing the best means and practices to meet the needs of sustainable development in the Arab world for a sustainable digital economy, and launching joint projects and initiatives that contribute to the development of communication and information technologies.
The memorandum provides for the formation of a joint committee of representatives of the two parties to agree on the mechanism for implementing joint programs and projects that are agreed upon, and to hold its meetings periodically once a year or whenever necessary.
The memorandum was signed by His Excellency Dr. Ali Mohamed Al-Khouri, Advisor to the Council of Arab Economic Unity, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Arab Economic Union, and Eng. Muhammad bin Omar, Director General of the Arab Organization for Communication and Information Technologies, in the presence of representatives from both sides.
This came as part of the efforts to implement the joint Arab vision for the digital economy launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the State, “may God protect him,” and in the presence of Lt. Arab countries, His Excellency Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al-Zeyoudi, Minister of State for Foreign Trade, and heads of Arab organizations and federations, during the meetings of the Higher Coordination Committee for Joint Arab Action, which is being held in Abu Dhabi and hosted by the Arab Union for Digital Economy.
The Arab Food Market uses an advanced digital platform that connects its various components, which include the exporter and seller, the buyer and the importer, as well as all suppliers of supporting services, which include “transportation – logistics services – storage – examination, testing and classification – certification – financing and lending – insurance – customs clearance.” Implementation mechanisms rely on blockchain technology, through which financial dues can be transferred according to the agreed contract mechanism and guaranteed by the platform through an intermediary bank account that allows payment of amounts according to the completion of works and approvals on the system, to be transferred between digital wallets from the importer to the exporter.
It was agreed between all parties to cooperate with each other in order to provide significantly diminishing food security in the Arab world, during the spread and exacerbation of global crises, including the Corona crises, the Russian-Ukrainian war, and the effects and climate variables, which negatively affected the supply of food chains in the world.
This project comes in the context of the fifty initiatives and projects emanating from the Arab vision for the digital economy, which was announced for the first time at the International Conference on the Arab Digital Economy held in Abu Dhabi in December 2018, under the generous patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the State. God” which aims to advance digital economic development, as a step to pave the way towards building a sustainable digital economy in the region, which was approved at the Leaders’ Summit in Algeria in November 2022.
The memorandum was signed by His Excellency Dr. Ali Muhammad Al-Khoury, Advisor to the Council of Arab Economic Unity, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Arab Federation for Digital Economy, His Excellency Juma Al-Kait, Assistant Undersecretary for Foreign Trade Affairs at the Ministry of Economy, His Excellency Rashid Abdul Karim Al-Balushi, Undersecretary of the Department of Economic Development Abu Dhabi, and Eng. Mahmoud Al-Bastaki, Executive Director of Operations. DP World, Abdel Mohsen Al-Faris, Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Federation of Arab Banks, Professor / Ibrahim Adam Ahmed Al-Dakhiri, Director General of the Arab Organization for Agricultural Development, Dr. Ashraf El-Sayed Rashad, Undersecretary of the Export Council for Food Industries, and Ambassador / Abdel Moneim Mohamed Mahmoud Ismail, Secretary-General of the Arab Union for Development Industrial Exports, and the President of the Arab Union of Customs Brokers, Dr. Mamdouh Abdullah Al-Rifai, and Dr. Haitham Al-Jaffan, President of the Arab Union for Food Industries, and Engineer / Bandar bin Fahd Al-Ghamdi, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Bandar Bin Fahd Holding Group, and Mr.Al-Rasheed Mohamed Ahmed Hassan, General Manager of the Multi-Directions Company, Mona Al-Baradai from the Crops of Egypt Company, and Haitham Al-Gamal, Executive Director of the Destiny Company.
An introductory video link about the Arab Food Market initiative
Lieutenant General His Highness Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior of the United Arab Emirates, Supreme President of the Arab Union for Digital Economy, met with His Excellency Mr. Ahmed Aboul Gheit, Secretary General of the Arab League, heads of Arab organizations and federations, and delegations participating in the meetings of the Higher Coordination Committee for Joint Arab Action, which It will be hosted by the Arab Union for Digital Economy in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, from January 23-26, 2023.
His Highness welcomed the members and delegations participating in the Higher Coordination Committee and stressed the keenness of the UAE leadership to strengthen the system of Arab integration in order to achieve security and stability and advance development in the Arab region, wishing the participants success in their efforts.
His Excellency explained, Dr. Ali Mohamed Al-Khouri, Advisor to the Council of Arab Economic Unity and President of the Arab Union for Digital Economy, that in order to face the grave challenges facing the Arab region as a result of the global crises, the importance of shifting towards the concepts of the digital economy, which is based on knowledge and innovation, has become apparent as an opportunity that cannot be missed, especially for building a regional and national strategy. And achieving rapid and large economic development leaps, and with it it became necessary for the Arab world to take advantage of the opportunities that modern technologies have become available in addressing the challenges of productivity, quantity and quality, and in improving the general standard of living.
This came in a speech he delivered at the meeting of the 54th session of the Higher Coordinating Committee for Joint Arab Action, in the presence of His Excellency Mr. Ahmed Aboul Gheit, Secretary General of the League of Arab States, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
His Excellency the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Arab Union for Digital Economy stressed the importance of adopting modern, well-studied development visions that take into account the potential risks and benefits, referring to the Arab vision initiative for the digital economy that was adopted at the Arab Summit held in Algeria, and that it serves as a roadmap for joint Arab action.
He noted that the Arab vision for the digital economy covers large areas of business sectors, starting from the infrastructure and legislation necessary to possess an effective integrated environment, to enable the optimal use of digital technologies, passing through possessing the ability and environment that supports creativity, innovation and the knowledge industry, and provides balanced treatments between government services and their role versus role. The business sector, ending with the citizen and the role of the individual in achieving added economic and social value.
He pointed out that the Arab Federation for Digital Economy, in partnership with a large number of international organizations, has issued a periodic Arab report since 2018, which measures the maturity and depth of the digital and economic situation in the Arab countries, and provides insights and recommendations for policy and decision makers in the Arab region in order to achieve the goals of sustainable economic and digital growth. .
He added that the Higher Coordinating Committee for Joint Arab Action abounds in the membership of high-level Arab institutions and capabilities, which can be considered as a center of gravity among Arab decision-making centers, and represent an important bridge to link ideas, studies and recommendations with policy-makers and decision-makers, which highlights the importance of the role of Arab institutions in discussing Challenges, exploring opportunities, and presenting pragmatic proposals and recommendations on issues and strategies of interest to the Arab citizen.
His Excellency Dr. completed. Ali Mohamed Al-Khouri that the issue of Arab integration, for which the Arab League was established, is still looking forward to leaps in the level of achievements, and is waiting for it to have a common ground to revive opportunities for sustainable economic and social development in the Arab region, and that it is possible to benefit from the economic and technology sectors that have become One of the sectors that represent the best way to a new kind of integration and facing global risks.
Then he pointed out that the issue of Arab-Arab investments can take a new and serious turn in this context, and that Arab institutions can play pivotal roles in stating the necessary recommendations for the purposes of providing the requirements of an encouraging and attractive environment for Arab and international investments, to be present and contribute to building economic, technological and knowledge capabilities. needed in the Arab region.
He also referred to the decision of the Arab Economic Summit in Beirut in 2019, which included the establishment of an Arab fund to finance digital economy projects, and his hope to activate the fund and discuss mechanisms for its implementation.
He stressed that the Arab Union for the Digital Economy puts all its capabilities in the service of the goals and efforts of joint Arab action, and looks forward to more constructive cooperation with the institutions of joint Arab action.
His Excellency Dr. concluded. Ali Mohamed Al-Khouri gave his speech by extending thanks and appreciation to His Excellency Mr. Ahmed Aboul Gheit, Secretary of the Arab League for his strenuous efforts and his continuous keenness to support cooperation between Arab institutions and his keenness to support everything that serves to improve the competitiveness of Arab countries, and his thanks to His Excellency Ambassador Hossam Zaki, Assistant Secretary-General of the Arab League For his follow-up and interest in initiatives that seek cooperation and achieve added Arab value.
His Excellency Mr. Ahmed Aboul Gheit, Secretary General of the League of Arab States, inaugurated the work of the 54th session of the Higher Coordination Committee for joint Arab action, which was held in Abu Dhabi, in the presence of the university’s general managers, heads of joint Arab action institutions and a number of Arab officials.
In his speech, His Excellency expressed his sincere thanks and gratitude to His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates, may God protect him, for his support for the efforts of joint Arab action, as well as his appreciation to His Highness Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior and Supreme President of the Arab Federation of Economy. Digital for its usual support and relentless keenness to establish close cooperation in the areas of the digital economy to serve Arab action. He also expressed his thanks to the Board of Directors of the Arab Union for Digital Economy for its efforts and for hosting the committee meetings.
His Excellency the Secretary-General of the Arab League added that the world has been facing, since the beginning of the current decade, an increase in the risks that threaten the prosperity and security of societies, which indicates the beginning of a new phase characterized by “instability”, and that perhaps one of the most prominent features of the phase is the continued high rates of inflation and debt, since the Corona pandemic, to higher levels. record, and the decline in global demand for commodities and the escalation of recession and unemployment, and that these effects made all governments walk on a tightrope, as it became necessary for them to deal with a difficult equation in order to provide protection for large segments of individuals from the consequences of the food and inflation crises, at a time when their revenues are under pressure. Severe economic downturn, high energy prices, deficit rates and debt.
His Excellency pointed out that it is noticeable and tangible the high cost of living, which has caused the deterioration of the purchasing power of large groups of societies, which may lead to a humanitarian crisis in some fragile countries, including some Arab countries, unfortunately, and may even cause various risks in a large number. of countries across the world, in light of the widening range of social inequality, and the deterioration of indicators of justice and development.
His Excellency the Secretary-General of the Arab League stated that the world is witnessing a complex of problems since the outbreak of the Russian-Ukrainian war, as the situation deteriorated to take a more dangerous turn, and that in order to face this volatile and dangerous global environment, it is necessary to redouble Arab efforts to protect the gains achieved by joint Arab action, and read Correct developments in the situation, and then provide the necessary support and advice to overcome its repercussions.
And he added that the convening of the recent Arab summit in Algeria is a positive indication of the restoration of Arab action’s momentum, in light of the summit’s discussions touching on a set of important economic and social issues, foremost of which is the issue of Arab food security. Sustainable Arab Agricultural Development 2020-2030, as well as the initiative to improve the technological quality of locally produced wheat. And that the summit has assigned the institutions of joint Arab action to implement the programs and activities presented and to mobilize the necessary financing for them in cooperation with all partners.
His Excellency noted that the year 2022 witnessed an important global event, as the Arab Republic of Egypt hosted the COP27 Climate Summit in Sharm El-Sheikh, which received great Arab interest, which will undoubtedly contribute to raising Arab awareness of climate issues. It also came out with important decisions in the areas of financing, technology transfer, and implementation of international agreements and promises. To reduce the risks of climate change.
His Excellency the Secretary-General of the Arab League also informed the members of the Committee that the Fifth Arab Development Summit will be held on November 6 and 7 in the capital, Nouakchott.
HE Dr. indicated. Ali Mohamed Al-Khouri, Advisor to the Council of Arab Economic Unity and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Arab Union for Digital Economy, indicated that the Arab region has become suffering from the repercussions of successive crises that have cast dire shadows on its economic conditions, and are now threatening Arab social peace, and that this requires a pause and a comprehensive review of the current strategies and systems concerned with development. Arab Economic and Social.
This came in a speech he delivered at the meeting of the 6th session of the Forum of Specialized Arab Federations, in the presence of His Excellency Mr. Ahmed Aboul Gheit, Secretary General of the League of Arab States, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
The President of the Arab Union for Digital Economy explained that despite the difficult and delicate circumstances that the world is going through, they present great opportunities, and made the Arab countries more likely to adopt strategic and developmental changes and take decisions that they would not have taken unless there were such circumstances.
In his speech, His Excellency the President of the Union stressed the importance of the decisions of the Arab Summit held in Algeria last November, which referred to one of the most important radical economic remedies, by adopting the Arab Vision for Digital Economy initiative presented by the Arab Union for the Digital Economy. It is an ambitious Arab project that aims to support the transformation of the Arab economic systems, and benefit from renewable technological changes, which in turn can find effective and sustainable solutions to the current challenges.
His Excellency the President of the Federation noted that there is a pivotal role that specialized Arab federations can play, by adopting this Arab vision as a general framework, and to implement digital transformation strategies and motivate Arab companies and institutions in order to move towards deepening the use of modern technologies, which represent a fundamental difference in capabilities. Productivity and competitiveness of enterprises, especially in the private sector. He stressed that policy-makers should not overlook the fact that the business sectors, especially the private sector, contribute between 70% and 90% of the gross domestic national income, and it is a sector that is responsible and heavily involved in studying and launching major projects, especially those that are productive and have an economic return.
His Excellency added Dr. Ali Mohamed Al-Khouri that qualitative Arab federations can play a pivotal role in managing many social and economic files, as they represent a wide variety of types of industries, services and companies, ranging from industrial, agricultural, productive and service, expressing his hope that Arab institutions will review the initiatives emanating from the Arab vision the digital economy and identifying areas through which these initiatives can be implemented in a comprehensive or partial manner, and that the Arab Federation for Digital Economy will support these efforts and participate with all its capabilities and expertise, in serving the goals and efforts of joint Arab action.
His Excellency also stated that the Arab Federation for Digital Economy is working on implementing a set of development initiatives in cooperation with the institutions of the Arab League and the private sector, specifically in the education sector and e-commerce, and that the federation will launch, during the meetings, an initiative that translates and stems from the decisions of the recent Arab summit on the issue of security. Arab food, as the file that occupies the forefront of the priorities of joint Arab action at the present time.
His Excellency Dr. concluded. Ali Muhammad Al-Khoury gave his speech by extending sincere appreciation and gratitude to His Excellency Mr. Ahmed Abu Al-Ghaith, Secretary-General of the Arab League for his support, and his keenness to make the initiative that seeks to support joint Arab action efforts a success, and his thanks and appreciation to His Excellency Ambassador Hossam Zaki, Assistant Secretary-General of the Arab League for his continuous follow-up to the Arab Vision project of the digital economy and the business of the specific unions as a whole.
His Excellency Mr. Ahmed Aboul Gheit, Secretary General of the League of Arab States, inaugurated the work of the sixth session of the Forum of Specialized Arab Federations, which will be held today, Wednesday, January 25, 2023, in Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates, with the generous hosting of the Arab Union for Digital Economy.
His Excellency the Secretary General delivered a speech at the opening of the sixth session, in which he emphasized the importance of the forum as a platform for exchanging ideas and successful experiences of the Arab federations, expressing his sincere thanks to His Highness Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior for his support for joint Arab action and sponsorship of the Arab Vision initiative. for the digital economy through the Arab Union for Digital Economy. In this regard, he also praised the initiatives launched by the Arab Union for Digital Economy and the Union’s close cooperation with the League of Arab States to implement them.
His Excellency the Secretary-General also emphasized the role of Arab federations as houses of expertise working within the framework of the League of Arab States, which called for holding regular meetings of the forum to address issues of interest to Arab work such as entrepreneurship, sustainable development, digital transformation, food security, climate change, and others.
In his speech, His Excellency the Secretary-General urged the federations to raise more initiatives and plans to the Arab summits, and to expand the scope of their work through cooperation with Arab organizations and specialized ministerial councils.
Aboul Gheit called on the federations to intensify their efforts in the field of food security in response to the changes in the current circumstances, which led to the deterioration of Arab food security indicators in an alarming way. cooperation in its implementation.
Yesterday evening in Abu Dhabi, the meetings of the 54th session of the Higher Coordinating Committee for Joint Arab Action, and the sixth session of the Forum of Specific, Specialized Arab Federations, kicked off with the fifth meeting of the Executive Office of the Forum of Specific, Specialized Arab Unions, chaired by His Excellency Ahmed Al Jarwan, Head of the Executive Office of the Forum, and in the presence of the Minister Plenipotentiary, His Excellency Mohamed Khair Abdel Qader, Director of the Arab Organizations and Unions Department at the League of Arab States, and His Excellency Dr. Ayman Ghoneim, Assistant Secretary-General of the Arab Federation for Digital Economy, with the participation of representatives of Arab federations, members of the executive office of the forum .
Minister Plenipotentiary Mohamed Khair Abdel Qader stated that today’s meeting is a preparatory meeting for the sixth session of the Forum of Specialized Arab Federations hosted by the United Arab Emirates in Abu Dhabi. The Arab League, which was held in Algeria in November 2022, and the outcomes of the 27th session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, which was held in Sharm El-Sheikh in mid-November 2022, and the Arab vision for the digital economy, which was prepared by the Arab Union for the Digital Economy .
The Executive Office of the Forum of Specific, Specialized Arab Federations discussed in its meeting the formation of the proposed committees to organize the work of the Forum, the Executive Office and its work mechanisms, the completion of the preparation of the website and the activation of the support fund for the Forum.