|The address of His Highness the Prime Minister at the opening session of the fifteenth Arab Towns Organization|
|3 October 2010|
In The Holy name of Allah, The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful.
Representative of His Highness the Amir,
It is a great honour for Kuwait to host this large gathering of brothers, friends and high level dignitaries at this conference which works in the fields of local and national development in our Arab region.
We in Kuwait attach great importance to the process of development and progress, since sustainable development to Kuwait is an absolute priority that surpasses the local realm to the regional and global. I commend your choice of title for your fifteenth conference “Cities of Knowledge and the Future of Youth”.
Knowledge is a basic element to prompt a qualitative leap in the implementation of development projects in a range of fields. The more those participating in development acquire knowledge; whether administrators, technicians or experts, the more they are able to optimally fulfill their tasks, various ministries and state apparatus in Kuwait follow this , since we consider building abilities an essential necessity to raise economic and social development on both the local and national levels.
Kuwait has been concerned with human development that is based on education and training as two important elements, that are indispensable to the efforts exerted in raising the standards of sustainable development in its numerous fields. Knowledge is of great importance to towns. In today’s towns live three out of every six individuals, two of which live in developing towns, these numbers demonstrate the magnitude of the challenge that the development of towns represents in the current world. The development process in its comprehensive notion, is linked to youth care and enhancing their role, because they are a fundamental factor in any plan to raise town societies and Arab countries. Youth care is epitomized in the adoption of policies and national programs, and provides optimal opportunities for them in different fields, especially in the fields of education, work and other fields social, sports and culture.
Since 1967, the State of Kuwait has embraced the head quarters of the Arab Towns Organization and looks on with great satisfaction to the accomplishments of the Arab entity on the Arab, regional and international levels, succeeding in drawing more Arab towns as members joined through cordial brotherly ties and collectively seeking to raise the Arab town and its inhabitants.
We are confident that this conference will reap the desired results in serving the Arab town and its inhabitants. This requires confirmation of our support to the Arab Towns Organization and its institutes, in order to continue its course in assisting member towns to confront different types of challenges, changes, and the launching and completion of large scale plans and projects on the national and local levels.
Wassalamu Alikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh.
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