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King holds series of meetings in Davos
Davos, Jan. 25 (Petra)--His Majesty King Abdullah II held a series of meetings in Swiss resort of Davos with heads of delegations and senior officials taking part in the 43rd World Economic Forum Annual Meeting.

The King met with Founder and Chairman of WEF Klaus Schwab in the presence of Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah and discussed means of boosting cooperation between the two sides.

The King expressed appreciation for a decision taken by WEF to hold its meeting on the Middle East and North Africa in Jordan during May 24-26 this year.

Schwab voiced appreciation of efforts exerted by Jordan under the leadership of His Majesty the King to achieve comprehensive reforms as well as peace and stability in the Middle East.

The King also received President of Iraq's Kurdistan Masoud Barazani and stressed Jordan's keenness to boost relations with Iraq in various domains.

His Majesty stressed Jordan's full support to the Iraqi brethren in their efforts to enhance peace and stability in Iraq.

The King and Barzani also discussed means of boosting relations in the economic, trade and investment fields.

Also in Davos, His Majesty met with Israeli President Shimon Peres and discussed means of supporting peace efforts and putting an end to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict in line with the two-state solution.

The King also met with a US congress delegation led by majority leader Eric Cantor and reviewed Jordanian-US ties as well as the latest developments in the Middle East and efforts to bring about peace in the region.

He also briefed the delegation on Jordan's reform efforts, adding that the parliamentary elections reflect Jordan's seriousness to acheive reforms.

On the Syrian crisis, King Abdullah stressed the need to find a political solution that puts an end to the suffering of the Syrian people and preserves Syria's unity.

Members of the delegation hailed the King's efforts to acheive comprehensive reforms.

His Majesty also held a meeting with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) managing director Christine Lagarde during which he hailed the IMF's support to Jordan's economic reform program.

Meanwhile,Her Majesty Queen Rania, who is accompanying His Majesty on His working visit to Davos, Switzerland, participated in the Global Development Outlook plenary session which discussed what should be at the top of the next development agenda for after 2015 when the Millennium Development Goals (MDGS) expire.

As a member of the United Nations High Level Panel (HLP) on the post-2015 development agenda, the Queen talked about the educational challenges youth face in Jordan and other Arab countries. She stressed the need for educational institutions to provide a "quality education".

Highlighting "jobs creation" as another key regional priority, Her Majesty pointed out the great significance of supporting entrepreneurship in the Arab world and stressed the urgent need to maximize investments in this sector as it can be a strong engine for employment in the region.

"It's not until that we are able to give our young people the skills they need and creation of opportunity for them that we will see that transition in the Arab world to a better future," Queen Rania told the panel.

In response to a question, Her Majesty cited examples from Jordan that underscore the importance of teacher training and how it has impacted students positively.

"Good teachers teach, great teachers transform," Her Majesty said.

"From our experience, teacher training is absolutely essential, you have to scale the success up, you have to make sure that governments are involved, you have to make sure that partners and donors stay engaged in order to see the impact," she said, adding that the role of the public was most important when it makes improving the quality of education a priority.

Other speakers in the plenary session were U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon, Co-Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Bill Gates, the President of the Republic of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, British Prime Minister David Cameron, who is one of the HLP’s three co-chairs, in addition to HLP member and CEO of Unilever, Paul Polman, and President and CEO of CARE USA, Helen D. Gayle.

The 26-member HLP, appointed by the UN chief last summer to develop "a bold vision" to advise on global development after the expiry of the MDGs in 2015, is due to submit a report to him in May 2013.

Queen Rania, a member of the World Economic Forum (WEF) Foundation board, also attended the foundation's annual board meeting.

//Petra// ON 25/1/2013 - 10:51:05 PM
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