Morocco calls Arab world to keep pace with scientific, technological progress
Morocco-Regional, Politics, 3/28/2001
Morocco's King Mohammed VI has called Arab states to keep pace with changes sweeping over the world in matters of scientific and technological progress to promote their economies and improve the living standards of their peoples.
"The promotion of Arab states' economies and the improvement of the living standards of their peoples are linked to the necessity to grasp the changes sweeping over the world in matters of the scientific and technological swift progress," said King Mohammed VI in an address before the Arab summit held in the Jordanian capital Amman March 27-28.
In the address that was read out on his behalf by Moroccan minister of foreign affairs and cooperation, Mohamed Benaissa, the sovereign underlined the growing interest granted to the role of modern technology in all sectors of activity, and especially in matters of economic development.
"These changes consecrate the process of globalization of production, exchanges and financing, transcending the borders drawn by national economies," the sovereign said adding that "it has become crystal clear that the era of economic autarchy systems and self-sufficiency philosophy is over and is leaving room to ambitions for overture and exchange, States being convinced that economic development now obeys competitiveness, trade of interest and search for excellence in creativity, quality and performance."
"This exacts that we show sincere resolve and that we make further efforts to make of our cooperation, in the realms of economy and finance, a tangible reality, through the adoption of rational methods. Otherwise, no Arab economic integration, of whatever nature, is possible," the sovereign argued.
King Mohammed VI also voiced hope that this Arab summit be "the starting point of a new era in consolidating our common Arab action and march" and pointed out that "the holding of Arab summits on a periodical and regular basis should not be an end in itself, but rather a bridge enabling to energize mechanisms for a joint Arab action and for clearing out tensions wherever in the Arab space."
"Our meetings must also constitute a driving force to promote the Arabs' conditions through addressing the issues related to global development in all its dimensions and through pondering together on practical instruments likely to help our Ummah be in tune with the developed world which is evolving at an accelerated rhythm, according to a logic that does not forgive the weak, a logic that only recognizes the economic, cultural and scientific power, backed by the weapon of the new technologies," king Mohammed VI said.
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