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Arab ministers attend economic, social council session in Cairo
09/02/2012 | LOC18:33
15:33 GMT
| World News
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(With photos) CAIRO, Feb 9 (KUNA) -- Arab ministers within the economic and social council met at the Arab League headquarters in Cairo on Thursday.
The meeting began with a speech from the meeting's last chair, Qatar, represented by the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Business and Trade, Sultan bin Rashid Al-Khater.
He said that the current impending changes in the Arab world call for change in answer to the aspirations of the people for Arab economic and commercial integration.
For his part, chair of the current meeting, Lebanon's Minister of Economy and Trade Nicholas Nahhas urged the need for a modern Arab economic and trade mechanism, which serves the interests of the region.
Also attending the meeting was Arab League Secretary General Nabil Al-Arabi, who noted that many countries in the region suffer from obstacles that prevent any form of progress and development, namely poverty, unemployment and low quality healthcare and education.
These nations need the support of their Arab neighbours at these difficult times, he added.
The Arab League chief highlighted the importance of economic regional blocs at this day and age, calling on the member countries to sign up to the Arab Free Trade Agreement.
Supporting projects that connect the region logistically by land, air and sea along with the need to grant women and youth a larger role in developing the economy were also emphasized.
Kuwait attended the meeting and was represented by Minister of Finance and Minister of Health Mustafa Al-Shimali. (end) sm.sd KUNA 091833 Feb 12NNNN
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