The extraordinary success of Crans Montana Forum in Dakhla

By on March 13, 2015

The 25th Crans Montana Forum in Dakhla has been inaugurated on Friday the 13th March under the topic of ¨ Africa and South-South Cooperation¨.

The opening ceremony was marked by a message of HM King Mohammed VI to the participants, read out by Government Chief Abdelilah Benkirane.

The opening session, was attended by more than 800 participants of officials, heads of international and regional organizations, economists, businesspeople, and scholars  from more 112 countries  ( representing 36 African countries, 30 Asian Countries, 31 European countries, and 15 countries from the Americas, in addition to more than 20 international organizations) .

The distinguished presences was illustrated also by the presence of several statehood delegates, namely the Macedonian President, Gjorge Ivanov, prime ministers of Guinea , Mohamed Said Fofana, of Mali , Cheikh Modibo Diarra, of Dominica, Roosevelt Skerritle and of Salomon islandes, Douglas Ete, and also deputy secretary general of UN, Philippe Douste Blazy and  former president of Spanish Government  José Luis Rodriguez Zapatero.

Among eminent personalities who attended the forum, there were ;  Mr. Philippe Douste‐Blazy, UN Deputy Secretary General and Special Envoy of the Secretary General, who chairs the opening ceremony that gathers together an impressive number of International Personalities alongside Mr. Abdelaziz Altwaijri, Director General of ISESCO

From New York, Mr. Ban Ki‐moon United Nations Secretary‐General, has extends from his side  his best wishes to the Crans Montana Forum in Dakhla

Mr. Ban Ki‐moon, UN Secretary General has  expressed  – in a letter addressed to organizers- his regret for not being able to be present in Dakhla as a result of a difficult Agenda due to the current international situation .  He extends however, with friendship, his best wishes for a very successful Forum.

This loyal support of the United Nations to the Crans Montana Forum and to its session in Dakhla is paramount for achieving the mission of the current edition.

Among Keynote Speaker at the forum, Mr. Federico Mayor, former Director General of UNESCO and President of the UN High‐level Panel for the Dialogue among Civilizations – was highly prized

Participants in the Forum have launched their discussions  over a  variety of economic and developmental issues of Africa under such themes as “Economic Development in Africa: Promoting South-South Cooperation and Morocco’s African Cooperation Policy”; “Towards a Better Management of Natural Resources in Africa”; “Challenges of the Digital Revolution in the World and Africa”; “Developing Maritime Industries in Africa”; “Trans-border Diseases and Epidemics and their Threats to Public Health”; Developing Agricultural and Food Industries and Marine Fisheries in Africa”; “Developing the Financial and Banking Sector in Africa”; “Developing the Tourism Industry in Africa”; “Promoting  Renewable Energies in Africa”; “Fostering Dialogue between Africa, the Maghreb Countries and Europe”; and “Issues of Education, Employability and Youth in Africa”.

The Forum’s agenda also features the Founding Ceremony of the Club of Atlantic Africa, a special meeting of African Women, the nomination of the New Leaders for Tomorrow 2015, and a ceremony to deliver the Forums Awards for 2015.

The Crans Montana Forum, founded in 1986 in Switzerland, is an NGO aimed at promoting international cooperation and dialogue, growth and stability, peace and security across the world. The Forum has developed special cooperation ties with ISESCO whose Director General participates in the Forum’s annual meetings where issues relating to the alliance and dialogue among cultures and civilizations, along with topics pertaining to integrated development in the countries of the South are discussed. Mr Jean-Paul Carteron, the Forum’s Chairman, is one of the nine ISESCO Ambassadors for Dialogue among Cultures and Civilizations.

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