20 January 2013

Tunisia: Situation of Arab Spring Countries On Agenda of 3rd Arab Economic Summit Next January 21-22 in Riyadh

Tunis — A large Tunisian delegation led by Caretaker President Moncef Marzouki and including government members and economic and social players will attend the 3rd Arab Economic and Social Summit scheduled for next January 21-22 in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia).

According to sources of the summit organising committee, one of the main issues on the agenda is the economic and social situation in the Arab spring countries.

Arab leaders are expected to discuss means to help the Arab spring countries overcome this difficult stage and favour economic revival.

Arab League Deputy Secretary General Ahmed Ben Helli said, in a statement to the press that the Riyadh summit will deal notably with the economic situation in Tunisia, Libya and Egypt, adding that these countries are "suffering" at economic level and this meeting will provide an occasion to support them.

Arab League Deputy Secretary General in charge of economic affairs M. Mohamed Touirji had previously told the media that this summit was expected to look, among other things, at the impact of social tensions on the economies of the countries in the region.

Besides, the summit will review the furtherance of common projects and programmes that had been approved at the two previous summits of Kuwait (in 2009) and Sharm Echeikh (in 2011).

A forum of the Arab private sector has been held recently in Riyadh, ahead of the next summit, and crowned with a series of recommendations listed in a document entitled "Declaration of the Riyadh summit," due to be submitted to Arab heads of state.

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