THAKSIN SHINAWATRA at THE DOHA 7TH FORUM FOR DEMOCRACY

THE DOHA 7TH FORUM FOR DEMOCRACY, DEVELOPMENT & FREE TRADE/ SESSION

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THE DOHA 7TH FORUM FOR DEMOCRACY, DEVELOPMENT & FREE TRADE/ SESSION
DOHA,

APRIL 23 (QNA) – PARTICIPANTS OF THE DOHA 7TH FORUM FOR
DEMOCRACY, DEVELOPMENT AND FREE TRADE HELD TONIGHT A WORKING SESSION

TITLED /PROGRESS OF DEMOCRACY AND REFORM IN THE WORLD/ MODERATED BY
DAVID FOSTER, MEDIA SPECIALIST. SPEAKING AT THE SESSION WERE DR. SALIM AL HOSS, LEBANESE
FORMER PREMIER, JACK STRAW, LEADER OF BRITISH HOUSE OF COMMON, AMR
MOUSSA, ARAB LEAGUE SECRETARY, DR. THAKSIN SHINAWATRA, FORMER THAI
PREMIER
AND MARC HARB, MEMBER OF CANADA PARLIAMENT. (QNA) AK/

QNA 1935 GMT 23/04/07
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MONDAY,
APRIL 23RD , 2007

Time / Hall Events
18:30-19:15

Al-Wasail Hall

 

 

 

19:15-20:15

Al-Wasail Hall

 

 

 

 

20:15-21:15

Al-Wasail Hall

Opening
Ceremony and Dinner

• Welcoming Speech: H.E. Prime Minister,
Minister of Foreign Affairs

• Opening Speech: H.H. The Amir of State
of Qatar

– H.E Taria Halonen, President of Finland.

– H.E. Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General, United Nations.

Opening Session

Development of Democracy and Reform in the World

Moderator:

Speakers:

– H.E. Dr. Saleem Al Hoss, Former Prime Minister, Lebanon.

– The Rt. Hon. Jack Straw President- House of Commons, UK.

H.E. Taxin Chinawatra, Former Prime Minister, Thailand

Followed by Dinner Reception.

 

Democracy, free trade forum begins tomorrow   

The Peninsula – 22 April, 2007

The 7th Doha Forum on Democracy, Development and Free Trade kicks off
here coming tomorrow with participation of leading intellectuals,
politicians and academics from Qatar and the world.

Assistant Foreign Minister for Follow Up Affairs H E Mohamed bin
Abdullah Al Rumeihi said that various issues of concern to
participating countries and other world countries would be taken up for
discussion during the forum to be held at Ritz Carlton Hotel.

Al Rumeihi who chairs the conferences standing committee said the 7th
Doha Forum would be different form the previous ones in the manner in
which issue are discussed.

He noted that this time conferees would all meet together at sessions
each moderated by six who would share discussion with the participants.
About 90 participants, representing leading politicians, businessmen,
studies and research centres, academics and the media would be there to
debate issues on the forums agenda, he said.

The Minister said more than 500 participants from 70 countries would
take part in the forum and for the first time a large number of Arab
businessmen would attend.

Doha Forum on Democracy had earned a position among the big similar
conferences held in Europe and the Middle East and had succeeded in
drawing attention of many renowned figures from among politicians,
businessmen and researchers because of the freedom in which it tackles
issues and the outstanding participation, he said.

He noted that visions about problems and obstacles facing democracy,
trade and development would be forged during the forum and some
solutions would be prescribed.

He considered the forum an opportunity for helping the reforms process
in the world a matter that could result in some change in policies,
especially regarding democracy and development and their role in the
development of people and nations.

He said the forum would focus on issues such education, the role of
regions in society, liberties, women freedom and other social issues.

“We have no special aim or agenda behind continuation of this forum, we
are only organisers, not theorists and don’t interfere in what takes
place inside halls,” he said. He noted that issues to be discussed
wouldn’t touch on a certain party or government, but would be
international issues of concern to all.

Al Rumeni said the forum would provide an opportunity to participates
to witness the great developmental rise Qatar is witnessing,
economically, socially and culturally under the leadership of the Emir
H H Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani and the Heir Apparent H H Sheikh
Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.

Tuesday, 24 April, 2007, 09:06 AM Doha Time

By Ramesh Mathew
Speakers
at the seventh Doha Forum on Democracy, Development and Free Trade
asserted yesterday that the democratic system of government would
ensure eventual prosperity for every single democracy.
They were speaking at the opening session on ‘Democracy and reforms in the world’, at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel.
Initiating
the discussions, moderated by media personality  David Frost,  Leader
of Britain’s House of Commons Jack Straw said democracy is a
precondition for long-term peace and prosperity everwhere. “Where there
is democracy, chances for a conflict are less,” argued the Labour
parliamentarian.
Citing the case of Northern Ireland, where efforts
are on to form a power-sharing government, he said this was “possible
only because of the belief  of all warring parties in Northern Ireland
in democratic principles.”
Observing that the Middle East was in the
vanguard of a major change, Straw expressed confidence that democracy
would sweep through the region in the not too distant future.
While
agreeing with most of Straw’s arguments, Arab League Secretary General
Amr Moussa criticised the “increasing tendency among some strong powers
to interfere in the internal affairs of weaker countries in the name of
democracy.”
The former Egyptian foreign minister said that democracy
was not totally unknown to the Middle East. Egypt, he said, had
established a parliament in 1920. “It was not brought from abroad. It
was born in Egypt itself.” Moussa said the people of Egypt had seen
elections for long and they understood the essence of democracy.
“However,
it is a pity that some major democracies are unwilling to accept the
verdict of elections held under a democratic system in an Arab country
recently, when they found that the results there had gone against their
wishes,” he said.
Drawing loud applause, Moussa asked Straw to
explain why democratic regimes like the US and Britain were indulging
in a “double game” in Iraq.
Another speaker at the session, deposed
Thai prime minister Thakshin Shinawatra, stressed that democracy was
the best form of governance to ensure the rule of law.  “It would also
pave the way for social development of a society,” he said.

Shinawatra observed that military and dictatorial regimes had not succeeded in meeting the people’s expectations.
For
the successful functioning of a democracy, a free and fearless media
was a necessity. “Only under a set-up  where there is a free press
could a democratic experiment succeed,” Shinawatra said.

A market economy could flourish only under a democratically elected government, he added.

Former Lebanese prime minister Saleem al-Hoss and Marc Harb, a Canadian senator of Lebanese origin, also spoke.

 

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