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British IT expert: Information and Communications Technology will add
substantially to Syria, enriching the lives of all Syrians
He added that the analysis made during these visits identified many strengths in Syria such as willingness to change, good IT expertise and a relatively low wage economy. There were also serious weaknesses, which are certainly not unique to Syria, that needed addressing such as the poor legal, communication and financial infrastructure and government attitude to IT. The achievable vision proposed is that IT will add substantial value to the whole economy, enriching the lives of all Syrians.
Syria, Economics, 5/16/2002
Egyptian- Sudanese economic integration
Sudanese minister of energy and mining Awad al-Jaz expressed his hope that the summit currently held between Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak and the Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir will be a strong impetus for the bilateral and integrated relations between Egypt and Sudan who have been linked to one common history.
Sudan-Egypt, Economics, 5/16/2002
Egypt, Libya accords in tourism, trade, petroleum, Da'wa
The Ambassador added that the Committee will probe extending Libyan oil and gas pipelines to the Egyptian refineries besides the possibility of setting up electrical projects by Egyptian specialized companies.
Egypt-Libya, Economics, 5/16/2002
Iraq gives priority to Saudi Arabia to trade cooperation
In the context of the detente realized during the Beirut's summit, Iraq has for the first time offered a licensing for Saudi investors to establish a project for processing irrigation systems, giving Saudi Arabia the priority to trade relations and welcoming any relations with Kuwait. These are in line with presidential directives in Iraq to revitalize Iraq's relations with the Arab states on the ground of solidarity and a message of appreciation carried by an Iraqi minister to the Saudi leadership.
Iraq-Kuwait, Politics, 5/16/2002
A mechanism to develop inter- Arab trade discussed
The secretary general of the council Ahmad Jweili said in statements following the deliberations of the meeting that this mechanism aims at reactivating the role played by commissions involved with inter-Arab economic development in general and in particular interested with trade activity, in order to reactivate inter- Arab trade and increase the volume of Arab exports to the international markets in a balanced and integrated way with the Arab efforts to liberalize inter- Arab trade.
Regional, Economics, 5/16/2002
Maghreb summit on June 21-22
Algerian minister of foreign affairs, Abdelaziz Belkhadem, chaired Tuesday a preparatory meeting for the Arab Maghreb Union Summit to be held in Algiers June 21-22.
Algeria-Maghreb, Politics, 5/16/2002
Morocco wants relations with Italy a model of mediterranean partnership
The king stressed that Morocco and Italy's "joint aspiration to give a new impetus to ties of cooperation between our two countries, and which received positive responses, including financial support extended by your country for the implementation of major projects in Morocco, and the conversion of part of debts owed by Morocco to Italy, into investments, has led us to hope for an additional effort in this regard, so that private economic actors would make full use of the mechanisms available."
Morocco-Italy, Politics, 5/16/2002
Italy wants close association in Morocco's economic development
Italian president, Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, said Tuesday his country wants to be a close associate in Morocco's economic development and contribute to creating an important production and consumption market.
Morocco-Italy, Politics, 5/16/2002
Gulf states consultation summit on May 26th
The secretary general of the Gulf Cooperation Council states (GCC) Abdul Rahman al-Ateyah on Wednesday said that the council will hold its biannual summit on May 26 in Jeddah to the West of Saudi Arabia to discuss in particular the recent developments took place in the Palestinian territories.
Gulf-Saudi Arabia, Politics, 5/16/2002
Maher meets with Swiss envoy to horn of Africa, Sudan
Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Maher Tuesday met with Joseph Boucher, Swiss special envoy to the Horn of African and Sudan.
Egypt-Sudan, Politics, 5/16/2002
Ministry of culture forum on children's arts
The Minister of culture and National guidance Najwa Qassab Hassan the minister stressed that every and each child is talented in one aspect of expression so as this talent should be cared about and refined.
Syria, Culture, 5/16/2002
Morocco, Emirates study joint investment projects
Means to carry out joint investment projects between Morocco and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) topped talks held Wednesday in Dubai by Moroccan minister of social economy, small and medium firms and handicraft, Ahmed Lahlimi, and Sheik Hamdane Bin Rached Al Maktoum, UAE minister of industry.
United Arab Emirates-Morocco, Economics, 5/16/2002
Saudi- British talks
Discussions dealt with developments of conditions on the Middle East arena and means of strengthening military cooperation between Riyadh and London
Saudi Arabia-UK, Politics, 5/16/2002
Enlargement of UNSC membership sensitive issue under discussion
Egypt's Permanent Representative to the U.N. Ambassador Ahmed Abul Gheit said the enlargement of the Security Council's membership is one of the most sensitive issues now under discussion.
Regional-Egypt, Politics, 5/16/2002
Iraq criticizes UN new sanctions list
The Iraqi ambassador to the UN Muhammad al-Douri on Wednesday criticized the UN Security Council resolution no. 1409 concerning the newly modified sanctions law imposed on Iraq.
Iraq, Politics, 5/16/2002
Kuwait for oil cooperation with Russia
The Kuwaiti minister of oil and information Sheikh Ahmad al-Fahd has called for continued cooperation between Russia and OPEC.
Kuwait-Russia, Economics, 5/16/2002
Ebeid discusses cooperation with two French provinces
Ebeid received at his office on Tuesday the head of the Economic and Development Institute in France and his accompanying delegation currently visiting Egypt.
Egypt-France, Economics, 5/16/2002
Michael Johnson to kick off women race in Casablanca sunday
Five-time Olympic champion, Michael Johnson, will fly to Morocco on Wednesday to Kick off in Casablanca Sunday the 4th women race "Run for Fun."
Morocco, Culture, 5/16/2002
Ebied reviews Tourism Ministry investment
Egyptian Prime Minister Atef Ebeid Tuesday discussed with members of the People's Assembly and Shura Council who represent Beni Suef, Upper Egypt, governorate rates of execution of development and services projects in the governorate.
Egypt, Economics, 5/16/2002
Morocco has always endeavored to find political, peaceful solution to Moroccan Sahara Issue, King Mohammed
Morocco has always endeavored to find a political and peaceful solution to the question of Moroccan Sahara, King Mohammed VI said on Tuesday.
Morocco, Politics, 5/16/2002
Quebec Says Sahara Issue is a Moroccan-Algerian Problem
Quebec on Wednesday said the Sahara issue is a problem between Morocco and Algeria, who should work together to reach a peaceful solution.
Morocco-Canada, Politics, 5/16/2002
Islamists in Jordan denounce call to end Intifada; Egyptian security measures besiege 'al-Nakbah' demonstrations
The Jordanian Islamic movement on Wednesday criticized the Arab voices which call for ending the Palestinian Intifada and resistance for a policy of "surrender," while thousands of Egyptian police members besieged several demonstrations organized in Egypt to mark the 54th anniversary of al-Nakbah (Israel's usurpation of Palestine in 1948). An occasion which was commemorated by scores of women in Damascus in a sit in observed in front of the British embassy and the headquarters of the UN in Damascus.
Palestine-Regional, Politics, 5/16/2002
Exiled Palestinians will stay in Cyprus until Monday
The 13 exiled Palestinians spent their 6th day in Cyprus on Wednesday, waiting for the decision of the EU ambassadors who met on Wednesday in Brussels, but no decision was taken to this effect as the ambassadors could not find a solution to define the status the exiled persons will have during their existence in the hosting states.
Palestine, Politics, 5/16/2002
Israeli forces break into Rafah, destroy three houses
The Israeli occupation forces on Wednesday incurred by tanks and bulldozers Rafah area to the south of Gaza and demolished three houses and wounded three Palestinian women, leveled tens of arable lands in al-Mawasi area and declared Rafah as a military zone as a tunnel linking Rafah to the Palestinian territories was discovered.
Palestine-Israel, Military, 5/16/2002
Rasheed in Washington, delegated by Arafat
Muhammad Rasheed, the economic advisor for the chairman of the Palestinian authority Yasser Arafat arrived in Washington in order to hold talks with the director general of the Israeli foreign ministry Ave Jeil and others at the US State Department.
Palestine-Israel, Politics, 5/16/2002
Amro hold Sharon responsible for Israeli massacres against the Palestinians
Former official at the Palestinians authority Nabil Amro has held the Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon responsible for the violence and massacres committed by the Israeli army against the Palestinians in the Palestinian territories.
Palestine-Israel, Politics, 5/16/2002
Saudi contacts to convince Hamas to end resistance
Saudi Arabia-Palestine, Politics, 5/16/2002
Morocco renews support for proposed international peace conference
Morocco's King Mohammed VI on Tuesday renewed Morocco's backing to the proposed international conference on peace in the Middle-East.
Morocco-Regional, Politics, 5/16/2002
Pope: Egypt's Church rejects attacks on Islamic, Christian sanctities
Egyptian Patriarch of Alexandria and Saint Mark Diocese Pope Shenouda III said the Egyptian Church rejects any attacks on Islamic or Christian sanctities.
Egypt, Religion, 5/16/2002
Kuwait loans Morocco $36.4 mln for dam construction
Morocco and the Kuwaiti Fund for Economic Development will sign in Rabat next Monday an agreement on a $36.45 Mln loan to finance the Arrouz dam, near the northern city of Tetuan.
Morocco-Kuwait, Economics, 5/16/2002
Casablanca hosts third Africa-USA ministerial conference on energy
The third Africa-USA ministerial conference on energy will be organized in Casablanca next June 3-4 under the main theme "energy partnerships for a sustainable development: supplies security and regional integration."
Morocco-Regional, Economics, 5/16/2002
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Bahraini people in certain election divisions will head today to voting ballots to cast their votes in the second phase for the municipal elections in certain provinces of the Kingdom of Bahrain, where citizens will elect members of the councils on the elections divisions where the elections will be declared. Just last Thursday, the people of Bahrain headed for the voting ballots to elect 50 members for the municipal council out of 306 candidates.
Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak on Wednesday in Cairo discussed with Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir the situation in the occupied Palestinian territories, and the conditions on the Sudanese arena and means of revitalizing the Egyptian- Libyan initiative to achieve reconciliation in Sudan in light of the possibility of convening the dialogue forum due to bring together Sudanese parties so as to give a push forward to peace in Sudan.
The Turkish daily Hurriet said in its Wednesday's issue that the Syrian prime minister Muhammad Mustafa Miro is preparing to visit Turkey by the end of the current month in a step which is considered historical between the two countries to strengthen bilateral relations.
The seminar on "financing Problems in Global Economy," to be held in Dubai. Several Arab and foreign institutes will be attended by Moroccan minister of social economy, handicraft and SMEs, Ahmed Lahlimi. The minister will be speaking at a session of this international encounter, held under the auspices of the crown prince of the UAE. Several Arab and international institutions and businessmen will be attending.
President Bashar al-Assad has issued decree no 21 that provides for nominating Ahmad Muhammad al-Ahmad as member in the Central Command of the National Progressive Front (NPF) in Syria.
A Chinese business mission from the sector of agribusiness will be visiting Morocco May 19-24 to prospect business opportunities and the creation of joint ventures with Moroccan peers.
Israeli Gen. Moshe Ya'aloun left Tel Aviv on Wednesday for the US in order to hold military talks with officials at the US defense department. The Israeli Hebrew language radio said that Yaaloun who was appointed as chief of staff of the Israeli army in succession to Shaoul Moufaz will be briefed on the position of the US administration concerning the region especially in regard to what the administration calls the American commitment to preserve Israel's superiority in the area of weapons and armament.