The Program

As the global community wrestles with the challenge of meeting the Millennium Development Goals by 2015, a unifying theme that runs across diverse regional and national borders is the need for economic progress to go hand in hand with social development.  Within this context, the Arab Thought Foundation hosts a programme of events and initiatives that address the challenge of economic development for the Arab world, an economic agenda that is centred at the heart of wider development goals for a region that needs to create some 50m jobs by 2050.

Headlining this programme is the annual FIKR conference which brings together key players from the region and beyond.  FIKR presents an opportunity for leading policy-makers, the private sector, NGOs and regional thought-leaders to focus attention on the economic agenda as a driver for development.  Entitled ‘Integrating Arab Economies… Partners for Prosperity’ this year’s FIKR tackles the big issues of the day: economic integration and trade protectionism; prospects for trade and monetary union, food security and global agriculture, Arab corporate social responsibility and the role the private sector plays in combining business priorities with social development goals.  A particular spotlight will be placed on Islamic finance and its significance as a financial model within the global economy as well as an over-arching focus on the region’s youth – subject of a live Al Arabiya TV debate on day 2 and culminating in a gala dinner celebrating the best of young Arab talent and achievement in the 2009 Arab Creativity Awards.

Days: 

SHAPING THE FUTURE… ARABS’ ROLE?

Day 1 - December 8, 2010

10:00

Opening Ceremony

11:00

Coffee Break and Networking

11:15

Spotlight

Arabs’ Role in Shaping their Future - H.E. Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah, Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs, Sultanate of Oman

11:45

Break (Prayer Time)

12:15

Spotlight

Geopolitical Changes and New Maps in the Arab World - Parag Khanna, Expert in International relations and Director of the Global Governance Initiative, United States of America

13:15

Keynote speech

Knowledge Economy – Mr. Amin Al Nasser, Senior Vice-President for Exploration and Producing, Saudi Aramco, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

13:30

Plenary Session

The Knowledge Economy: New Possibilities

14:00

Lunch Break (Prayer Time)

15:15

Spotlight

“Toufoula”

15:30

Spotlight

Social Innovations in the Arab World – Dr. Burhan Ghalioun, Professor of political sociology and Director of the Center for Contemporary Oriental Studies, France

16:30

Break (Prayer Time)

17:00

Plenary Session

The Modern Arab Thought and the Reconciliation with the Present

20:00

Gala Dinner

Day 2 - December 9, 2010

09:00

FIKR Youth presentation

Presentation of the outcome of the Youth Meeting held on the 7th of December 2010.

09:15

Plenary

Experiences of a Future Generation: New Time, New Space - Experiences of several young people from different perspectives

10:15

Coffee Break and Networking

10:45

Keynote & Plenary Session

Future of Expression: New Modes…. The role of arts in shaping the culture, social involvement and behaviors of future generations through the new modes of expression.

12:15

Keynote Speech

YALLAH – Youth Allied to Learn, Lead and Help

12:30

Lunch Break (Prayer Time)

14:30

Spotlight

Knowledge Economy -- The Saudi Choice – Dr. Mohammed Al Suwaiyel, President of King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

15:00

Keynotes and Plenary Sessions

Human Capital and Talent Development: The Building Blocks of Capacity Building

20.30

Gala reception

Arab Creativity Award Ceremony