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Speaker of the Jordanian Parliament Inaugurates the Headquarters of the High-Level Parliamentary Action Group

21-Jul-2022 | Source : AG-IP News | Visits : 984
Speaker of the Jordanian Parliament Inaugurates the Headquarters of the High-Level Parliamentary Action Group

Special to AG-IP-News Agency 

AMMAN – The Speaker of the Jordanian Parliament, HE Mr. Abdulkarim Al Dughmi, has inaugurated the headquarters of the High-level Parliamentary Action Group for Science and Technology, that was decided by the Arab Parliament in March 2022. The inauguration occurred in the presence of the President of the Arab Parliament  HE Mr. Adel Assoumi, and HE Dr. Talal Abu-Ghazaleh, founder and chairman of Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Global (TAG.Global). 

The permanent Secretariat of the Action Group, headed by MP Khaled Abu Hassan, will discuss the terms of the Group’s General Strategy, which includes the establishment of an Arab parliamentary network in the fields of science and technology for building institutional partnerships with groups concerned with science and technology at the Inter-Parliamentary Union. That is in addition to developing a unified Arab voice in their meetings by increasing the number of Arab parliaments’ representatives in such Group, promoting interest in science and technology and future studies in all fields, as well as raising awareness of the importance of science and technology attributed to their positive impact on societies.

During the meeting, Dr. Abu-Ghazaleh welcomed the attendees, expressing his gratitude and appreciation to HE Mr. Al Dughmi for hosting the Group's permanent headquarters at the Jordanian Parliament.

He, further affirmed  his full support for the principles and objectives of establishing the High-level Parliamentary Action Group for Science and Technology of the Arab Parliament; chaired by MP Khaled Abu Hassan, through the implementation plan of a comprehensive strategy based on the principles of science, technology, and innovation. This is for the purpose of achieving the sustainable development goals in all Arab countries as well as achieving their 2030 goals in cooperation with the Arab Parliament, the National Arab parliaments and Councils.

Dr. Abu-Ghazaleh also made several suggestions, most considerably to name the group the ‘Arab Parliament Action Group for Digital Transformation’, and to cooperate with the Islamic Development Bank in Jeddah; which in turn provides necessary financing services for development projects in the Arab countries.

Dr. Abu-Ghazaleh called for issuing a media bulletin that sheds light on the initiative and explains to both decision-makers and citizens the objectives of the Group and the strategic plan that will be carried out. That is in addition to Jordan’s role in hosting this initiative to raise people’s awareness on the importance of joint Arab action and this project in particular.

For his part, President  Al Dughmi, said that the critical stage we witness nowadays needs exceptional efforts to develop joint Arab action mechanisms and strengthen its political, legislative and economic efficiency, especially in the fields of technology and knowledge. 

He stressed the importance of integrating science, technology and innovation in the Arab parliaments’ business policies and enabling their members and employees to contribute to defining the priorities of their countries and integrating science into political and parliamentary action.

He also expressed his aspiration that this step could positively contribute to the development of science, technology and innovation in the implementation of development plans in the Arab countries in accordance with international standards and indicators that take into account the particularity of the Arab culture.

Mr. Al-Asoomi stated that Jordan's hosting of the Group's headquarters indicates the Arab people’s recognition of the role and the efforts of Jordan reflecting its leading role in serving and promoting the joint Arab action. He also praised the efforts is Majesty King Abdullah II in advocating for the Arab important issues, primarily the Palestinian Cause and boosting the prosperity of the Arab nation in all fields.

Mr. Al-Asoomi added that the idea of establishing the Group strengthens the belief in the importance of engaging science and technology in the services of joint Arab action, especially as science and technology are becoming the driver for development and the pillar of progress in all fields. He stressed the importance of creating a comprehensive legal, ethical and institutional system by which safe and sustainable utilization of science and technology can be attained.

For his part, MP Abu Hassan outlined the inspiring and the prominent role that the High-level Parliamentary Group is expected to play by introducing new insights and ideas as well as forming tools and mechanisms that  benefit from technology opportunities in various fields

Abu Hassan said that ‘investing in human capital is the best means to achieve development and progress within societies, which strongly necessitates having a greater presence and impact on the global scientific and technological fields,”. He added, that the Arab countries should be able and ready to deal with the challenges and problems that emerged as a result of the scientific and technological revolution.

 
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