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Closer tie-up between govts, civil society bodies urged

| About Qatar | January 12, 2011

Speakers gave a call for closer co-operation between governments and civil society organisations at different levels as the 7th Forum for Future of G8 and countries of the Broader Middle East and North Africa (BMena) got underway at Ritz Carlton Doha yesterday.
Calling upon the representatives of government and civil societies to intensify their dialogues for strengthening relations, speakers said the key to the success of the forum depended on how closely the two sections were working together to achieve better results for the overall development of the region.
Speaking at the meeting, Middle East Regional Policy co-ordinator from the Canadian ministry of the Foreign Affairs and International Trade Bob Paquin reaffirmed his government’s commitment to strengthen partnership between G8 and BMena countries. “Such a relationship would help each other share experiences and best practices on vital government issues,” said Paquin.
The official said Canada would like to see the G8-BMena partnership retained its appeal as a unique platform for dialogue on reforms between the G8 and the regional governments, and also in particular with civil society organisations.
“There has been a series of initiatives from the Canadian government to enhance its participation in the workshops led by civil societies all over.
“It is contributing to increasing dialogues between the two groups,” said Paquin.
The Canadian official insisted in no uncertain terms that representatives of the private sector also need to be involved to make dialogues more meaningful and purposeful.
Also speaking vice-president of the Ottawa-based International Development Research Centre (IDRC) Lauchlan Munro said the Canadian research institution supported the requirements of researchers from the developing regions to conduct studies on pressing problems that affected their societies.
“For the last several years, researchers and scholars from the developing world are availing of the facilities at the IDRC to carry out researches on the issues that the world is encountering these days,” said Munro.
Inaugurating the meeting earlier, Foreign minister’s assistant to follow up affairs Mohamed al-Rumeihi said Qatar is very much aware of the importance of dialogues at international forums and the latest initiative at the forum showed country’s determination to improve relations between G8 and BMena countries.
The Qatari official expected the dialogues happening at the forum between governments and civil society organisations at the forum would contribute to considerably improve relations between the two parties in the long run.
Al-Rumeihi also specifically highlighted the efforts being made by forums such as Arab Foundation for Democracy and Human Rights in initiating dialogues between civil society organisations and regional governments.
Qatar National Human Rights Committee Secretary general Ali Simaikh al-Merri also spoke at the opening meeting.

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