Gulf states urged to counter economic challenges jointly
April 23 2017 08:02 PM
HE Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabor al-Thani speaking at QU.
HE Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabor al-Thani speaking at QU.

Doha

It is necessary to create joint institutions between the Gulf states to offer effective solutions to the economic challenges in the post gas and oil phase, urged Qatar’s former Prime Minister and Foreign Minister HE Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabor al-Thani.

He was speaking on “The States of The Gulf Cooperation Council: Regional Challenges and the Future of the Relations with Neighbouring Countries, at Qatar University’s (QU) Distinguished Lecture Series.
HE Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabor al-Thani highlighted the correlation between the security in the Gulf states and the security in the Arab world, noting the impact of the issues that are happening in the Arab world on the security in the Gulf states.
He also highlighted the causes of the conflicts in the countries that witnessed the Arab Spring, which resulted in the collapse of the previous systems and the obstruction of political horizons, as well as numerous revolutions and conflicts between yesterday’s allies on authority and power. He noted that the lack of effective planning and cooperation between the Arab states has led to this reality.
Describing ‘Iran as the biggest beneficiary of the collapse of Iraq in 2003 and the many revolutions of the Arab Spring,’ Qatar’s former Prime Minister said ‘the reaction of the Gulf states towards these issues was not effective enough to deal seriously with the latest developments on the regional and international arena.’ It was in this regard, he suggested it is necessary to create joint institutions between the Gulf states to offer effective solutions to the economic challenges in the post gas and oil phase.
HE Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabor al-Thani further stressed on the importance of establishing a diplomatic, proactive and preventive joint policy between the Gulf states to face the policies aimed at creating tension and conflicts in the region.
“The Gulf citizens found a gap between their aspirations for unity and integration and the social and political reality. The region needs to create a comprehensive human development plan that prioritises social development and the empowerment of its citizens to develop their lives in various fields,” said HE Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabor al-Thani who also spoke about the ongoing issues in the region, touching on Iraq, Libya, Palestine, Syria and Yemen.
President Dr Hassan al-Derham said that through its Distinguished Lecture Series, QU is committed to offer its students a successful experience during their academic journey by providing them with the opportunity to get acquainted with national and international experts in various areas.
“QU is also committed to provide its faculty members, researchers and students with opportunities to get insight into the experiences of policy and decision makers, which is of the benefit of the university members.”
“Over the last four decades, QU has provided to Qatar thousands of graduates, experts, intellectuals, scientists and leaders, who contribute to the country’s progress and growth in many areas,” he added.



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