(FIKR11) Briefs

   In today's Master-Class 2, entitled "How Nations Compete: The Competitive Advantage of Arab Countries," Yasar Jarrar spoke about economic challenges facing the Arab states, and discussed possible solutions for beginning to address these problems. Jarrar is a partner in Bain & Company, and chairs the firm's department that deals with the public sector.    One of the main ideas that Jarrar focused on was the idea that national prosperity is created, not inherited
The session was moderated by Maha Yahya, the chief of ESCWA Social Participatory Development Section, in front of an attentive audience, which also extensively participated in the ensuing debate on different issues. Yahya introduced the session by stating that people were asking for more participation in the writing of the social contract in the prospect of their own future and that of their children. There is a revival of parts of the society, through civil movements and
   Al Ramahi opened the session with a general introduction to the discussion that would take place. She stated that the role of Media now extends beyond merely supplying information and thus the following questions arise;  how is the rise of new media and new media firms affecting public policy dialogue in Arab countries? To what extent can the media play a watch-dog role in the Arab world given current media laws? How can new media outlets and platforms be combined with traditional
The Arab World in 2020: Development and Future Governments session brought together Lebanese Member of Parliament Jean Ohgassabian, Florence Eid Corporation and chief executive officer of Arabia Monitor Participated in the debate Lebanese, and Member of the Jordanian Parliament Mohamed Al Halaiqah, moderated by Fatima Daoui from AlAraibya channel, Morocco. They debated on the challenges facing the governments of Arab countries at the level of public sector rearrangement and the civil service.
   ElBadawi examined the role of social media in government institutions. He said that some of the main issues that need to be addressed include: Are these institutions ready to use social networking? Do they have an institutional strategy? To what extent would social media help a given institution achieve its goals? He argued that these institutions should take advantage of the opportunities afforded by social networking sites, and work to ensure that their involvement with these sites
HRH Prince Khalid AlFaisal inaugurates “FIKR11” “Citizens and Government: Future Vision” at Opening Ceremony Dubai, 26 November 2012: Under the patronage and in the presence of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, Ruler of Dubai, and in the presence of His Royal Highness Prince Khalid AlFaisal, Chairman, Arab Thought Foundation, the annual “FIKR11” conference was officially inaugurated today in Dubai,