The 20th annual session of the Arab Economic Forum will be held on May 10 and 11, 2012 at the Phoenicia Hotel in Beirut, Lebanon.
Organized by the Al-Iktissad Wal-Aamal group with the cooperation of the Central Bank of Lebanon, the Association of Banks in Lebanon and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) of the World Bank, the 20th Arab Economic Forum is held under the patronage of the Prime Minister of Lebanon, H.E. Najib Mikati.
This year’s Forum takes place against the background of ongoing historic political change in the Arab world, with “Arab Spring” countries moving steadily ahead in establishing free democratic systems and revitalizing their economies while others continue to face troubling and in some cases violent conditions as they seek to emerge from the process of transition successfully and with the least possible cost.
Thus, the agenda of the Forum will focus on the following major issues and topics:
As has always been the case throughout its long history, The 2012 Arab Economic Forum is expected to attract wide and high level attendance by prime ministers, ministers and top government officials from many Arab countries, business, finance and investment leaders from the Arab world and the wider region, regional and international development and finance institutions, experts in various fields, the Arab and international media and other interested parties. As such, the forum will provide an effective platform for dialogue and discussion on many issues of the hour on an Arab and international level.