The general secretary of the League of Arab States, Ahmed Aboul Gheit, said in a speech during the opening session of the Arab summit on development: economic and social development in Beirut, presided over by President Michel Aoun, Quel "our summit is held after the absence of six years, during which some of our countries have faced the various types of security challenges and turbulence and crisis, but these challenges reflect the most serious challenge associated with achieving global development ".
He stressed that "the events witnessed by the Arabs have shown that development, security and stability are a link and no stability without global growth", explaining that "the path to development is known and taken from others by us, and has determinants and requirements, first to achieve high economic growth rates of not less than 7 Although progress is not sufficient, and its continued commitment remains subject to security conditions. "
Aboul Gheit said that "despite efforts to improve the economic situation, especially in the transport and communications sector, more than half of our oil exports remain", underlining that "it is necessary to improve the entrepreneurial environment and competitiveness in the Arab world ".
"There are progress and institutional and financial reforms that are audacious, but the region still lacks economic activity and is not willing to engage in the digital economy," he said, "the main divide that separates us from global economic developments is human capital ". "Knowledge and innovation have generated the greatest added value in light of the acceleration of the fourth industrial revolution and the readiness to face the consequences of the revolution must be our main priority and narrow the digital divide. "
"Half the population of the Arab world is not connected to the Internet and are among the youngest in the world, and if we do not improve the use of this demographic, the young will become radicalized," he said, adding that "the key it is education, and if we talk about education, we do not lose sight of the role of the educational system and the media to counteract extremism and extremism.
Aboul Gheit said that "we are pursuing efforts to confront this lost ideology with courage and a spirit of responsibility in defending the future of this nation, which will be built only on awareness and reason to engage with the other without transforming the rejection in violence ". He stressed that "the elimination of the largest population from poverty is the fastest way to dry the sources of terrorism", stressing that "the Arab countries have achieved successes in poverty reduction, but a significant mass of the population is still centered around him and the Arab League approved the "WAF" report on the Arab strategic framework for the elimination of multidimensional poverty, in addition to the pressing social question.
"The Arab world hosts many refugees and displaced persons: the 4 million Syrian children have left their schools because of the war, in addition to the serious humanitarian crises in Somalia and Yemen and the tragic reality in Palestine due to Israeli occupation. We do not live in natural conditions or in a favorable environment, but in difficult conditions and in a fragile environment that unfortunately is called "the Arab spring".
Aboul Gheit stressed that "the summit's agenda includes a series of initiatives and projects for economic integration and hope to be implemented".
"Libya and Lebanon are dear countries for the Arabs," he said.