The objective of the conference, titled Economic Agendas of Islamic Actors, is to launch policies that will promote growth, trade and investments in the so-called Arab Spring countries, whose newly installed governments now face the challenges of guaranteeing stability and providing jobs for the new generations, IEMed sources told ANSAMed.
Conference attendees will try to come up with an agenda that will ensure a smooth economic transition in these newly liberated countries, and to guarantee their economic integration with their neighbors and with the EU.
This afternoon's keynote speaker is IEMed Director Andreu Bassols, to be followed by Abdeslam Ballaji, Moroccan MP for the Justice and Development Party, President of the Moroccan Association of Islamic Economic Studies, and deputy mayor of Rabat; Ridha Chkoundali, professor of economics at Nabeul University in Carthage; Abdalhafez Elsawy, economic advisor to Egypt's Freedom and Justice Party, who writes about Islamic economy, regional integration and sustainable development. Tomorrow's sessions will be dedicated to the principles behind Islamic finances and their relationship to Islamic law, and Euromediterranean cooperation. Speakers will include: Abderahman El Glaouri from the Islamic Development Bank, Wadi Mzid, director of Tunisia's Zitouna Bank; Adil Alaoui, director of Morocco's Dar Essaffa association; Brahim Allali, consultant to the World Bank and to the Islamic Center for Trade and Development; Hassan Malek, President of the Egyptian Business and Development Association; Mehmet Yalcintas, a member of the Turkish government and of the Independent Association of Turkish Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (MUSIAD), and Anwar Zibaoui, general coordinator of the Mediterranean Chambers of Commerce Association (ASCAME).(ANSAMed).