29 December 2012

Tunisia: Opening of ALECSO General Assembly 21st Session

Tunis — "We should not allow our Arab political system, which will emerge after the end of the Arab Spring and give birth to a new Arab political regime, to be chauvinist or self-confined on behalf of peculiarity" caretaker President of the Republic Moncef Marzouki said, on Saturday in Tunis, when inaugurating the works of The Arab Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organisation (ALESCO) General Assembly 21st session with attendance of a large number of Heads of Arab delegations, Ambassadors accredited in Tunis as well as representatives of Tunisian, Arab and foreign media.

The President of the Republic specified that Arab countries are presently experiencing a historical turning point which will help edify an Arab order to speed up the advent of the Arab Union before the end of the two next decades after the liberation of Arab people from despotism.

Mr. Marzouki stressed the need to disseminate Arabic language in all fields of life, science and knowledge, adding that Tunisia will submit during the next Arab Summit a programme meant to promote Arabic language.

He also suggested the creation of an Arab Nobel Prize for Arab researchers who will conduct the best research internationally in Arabic language, in addition to the creation of a unified institution "that we can call the Ibn Khaldun Institute for disseminating Arabic language worldwide" such as the Goethe-Institut for the German language and Confucius for the Chinese language.

For his part, Mr. Abdellatif Abid, Education Minister, President of ALECSO General Assembly 2st session and Tunisia's candidate to the post of ALECSO General-Director, said that the context of the present session is delicate, estimating that this session is decisive for the future of Arab joint action to win the wager of comprehensive and balanced development on the path of modernity and progress, as regards notably the promotion of human resources.

He added "we should improve our educational, scientific, cultural and information technology strategy so as to lay the foundation of our economies on knowledge, discoveries and technologies, in addition to financial and natural resources.

He pointed out that the ALECSO mission consists in combining the appropriate conditions for the edification of an economy and growth based on reason, science and labour, by means of new approaches capable to keep abreast with social, cultural and economic changes, while preserving national identity and attributes of authentic Arab culture.

In turn, Abdelaziz Othman al-Touijri, Islamic Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (ISESCO) Director-general specified that the civilisational development project of the Arab Islamic world is based on three pillars namely modernisation of the educational system, development of sciences and technologies and renewing of cultural and media policies.

ALECSO director-general Mohamed El Aziz Ben Achour stressed the role of the organisation as an Arab enlightened and open institution, in anchoring the universal noble values, the dissemination of the spirit of tolerance and rejection of violence and all forms of fanaticism and extremism, in addition to the keenness to guarantee the quality of education and the promotion of Arab language.

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