“Fostering Growth for Sustainable Development – New Perspectives for the North African region”
ADF’s Secretary-General, Mr. Mohsen Marzouk, gave a keynote speech at the annual joint conference organized by the GIZ, in partnership with KFW under the heading of “Fostering Growth for Sustainable Development – New Perspectives for the North African region” in Brussels on 21 September 2011. The conference was attended by more than 70 participants from relevant European and international institutions, as well as North-African governments, development experts from European and International organizations, academics and representatives of the private sector.
During the conference, participants discussed the topic of sustainable economic growth which is the key to overcoming poverty, raising living standards, and opening up new horizons for developing countries. The participants felt that in order to achieve sustainable economic growth, good governance must be adopted along with social justice, environmental protection, efficient and equivalent use of resources. This is important particularly in North African communities which are witnessing rapid growth, as is the need to explore permanent and comprehensive solutions to the challenges faced in the region, along with highlighting cooperation between the European Union and its southern neighbors.
In his opening speech, the Secretary-General discussed the most pressing current issues in Tunisia and other North-African countries at the political and economic level. He spoke of the democratic transformations in Egypt, Tunisia, and Libya, whether and why democracy is considered essential for achievement of sustainable growth, highlighting different framework conditions that must be provided in order to achieve a prosperous and democratic future in the region.
On the sidelines of the conference the Secretary-General met with both Dr. Christopher Beier, GIZ CEO and and Dr. Norbert Kloppenburg, member of the executive board of the German Development Bank (KfW). The current stage of the democratic transformations in the Arab region and possibilities of future cooperation were discussed during the meeting.