King Opens G-11 Summit.


Sunday, May 20, 2007

 

Dead Sea — (Petra) — His Majesty King Abdullah II affirmed that the Group of Eleven share a commitment to development-structural reforms and accelerated programs that advance the opportunities, prosperity for our people.

In the opening address of the Group of Eleven on Saturday at the Dead Sea, the King stressed the importance of supportive partnerships, among ourselves and with other nations – partnerships that can cement our gains and sustain our progress into the future.

 

The king announced that the G-8 Presidency has extended an invitation to the G-11 Presidency to discuss the establishment of a formal, institutional relationship between the two groups. The king pointed that the G-11 has identified four priority areas for international support and cooperation: debt burden alleviation; investment promotion, trade development, and targeted grant assistance.

These are the basics for self-sustaining prosperity, supporting the foundations for reform, opening new opportunities for millions more people to escape poverty, and enabling our young people to build strong futures.

King Abdullah concluded by identifying specific initiatives that can serve as a practical, targeted start-up for G-8/G-11 cooperation. These include investment in infrastructure, support for small and medium-sized enterprises, scientific research and development, and technology transfer.

Follows the full text of the King’s address:

Bismillah ar-Rahman ar-Rahim;

Your Excellencies,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Good afternoon and thank you. On behalf of Jordan, welcome to the 2nd Summit of the Group of Eleven. This meeting is the largest G-11 gathering of national leaders since our partnership began. That high-level commitment indicates the importance of what our countries are trying to achieve. Your Excellencies, I deeply appreciate the generous sharing of your time, ideas, and leadership today.

Let me also thank the officials, from all our countries, whose work helped launch our initiative and prepared the way for today's Summit. And I would like to extend our special appreciation to the G-8 observers who have joined us today. Our two organizations have a vital shared goal, to strengthen prosperity and peace in the 21st century. Working together is a top priority.

My friends,

The G-11 countries have come together, out of a shared commitment and a shared requirement.
The commitment is to the serious path of development – structural reforms and accelerated programs that advance the opportunities, prosperity, and well-being of our people.

The requirement is for supportive partnerships, among ourselves and with other nations- partnerships that can cement our gains and sustain our progress into the future.

We can take satisfaction in what we have begun to achieve. Our countries have made significant gains across society and the economy, increasing participation in global trade; widening access to skills and technologies; committing to good governance; and realizing higher growth.

The challenge is to consolidate these gains and sustain progress into the long-term. That means having the budgetary space to continue to invest in development and economic growth. For all of us, that space has been squeezed by fiscal and other constraints – high debt burdens; rising oil prices and other external shocks; rising employment demand; and more. We can and are pushing forward, including finding new opportunities from cooperation among our countries. But it is vital that the international community support our continued progress.

In this regard, the G-11 has identified four priority areas for international support and cooperation: debt burden alleviation; investment promotion, trade development, and targeted grant assistance. These are the basics for self-sustaining prosperity, supporting the foundations for reform, opening new opportunities for millions more people to escape poverty, and enabling our young people to build strong futures.

The four G-11 priorities, articulated and agreed in this group’s White Paper, have been submitted to the G-8 Presidency for consideration. We have also identified specific initiatives that can serve as a practical, targeted start-up for G-8/G-11 cooperation. These include investment in infrastructure, support for small and medium-sized enterprises, scientific research and development, and technology transfer.

I am very pleased to announce that the G-8 Presidency has extended an invitation to the G-11 Presidency to discuss the establishment of a formal, institutional relationship between the two groups in Berlin later this year.

The G-8's partnership with the G-11 can multiply the positive effects its support to each of our countries has already had. It will tell the world that the friends of development will not be satisfied until the house of prosperity is really open to all, that our countries are not simply welcomed up the path; not simply left at the door; but invited, gladly, over the threshold and into the house.

And let me say, yes, success is in our interest, but not only our own. This is especially true now, with the global economy in transformation. Developing countries are having more and more impact on trade, investment and productivity. And lower-middle income countries hold an especially pivotal role. Our success anchors our respective regions in prosperity and stability. And it provides a crucial model, for other countries, of what structural and economic reform can achieve. That can be the seed of a new international development paradigm, one that reaches those most in need and that cements successful steps towards sustainability on the ladder of development.

My friends,

Our future is still in the balance. Only by working together can we get the message across to the entire international community. Only by working together can we build on our common strengths.

Today, we meet to reaffirm our commitment to that partnership. I look forward to your ideas on practical measures to consolidate our relationship with the G-8. I hope also we can discuss the tremendous opportunities to enhance cooperation among G11 members, especially in the fields of trade and investment, information technology and tourism.

Allow me to thank you again for your participation and commitment. Together, I believe we can take another step closer to the prosperity and stability our peoples seek.

Thank you very much.

 

Update with opening remarks by some leaders of G11 member states

Croatian President Stjepan Mesic said his country’s participation in G11 membership stems from its belief in the common standards that bring together members of this group and the group’s policy does not contravene with Croatia’s foreign policy in joining the World Trade Organization (WTO).

He stressed the necessity to implement objectives of the Millennium challenges and establish the ability to open our countries to the global trade and economy. “We need their assistance to promote peace and security in our countries and combat fight terrorism which can be destroyed by military might but by eliminating the environment which breeds terror,” President Mesic said.

He also called for supporting economic experiments of the G11 member states through combating poverty and socials deteriorating, adopting liberal policies, searching for alternative sources of energy, and protecting environment.

President of Salvador Elias Antonio Saca underlined the importance of establishing the group in light of the available opportunities of common interest to promote reform policies and building sustainable development.

“It is necessary to admit that members of the group have accomplished significant steps towards the world’s commitment to fight poverty,” he said noting that many of the countries have experienced experiments to achieve economic cooperation and have moved to medium income countries.

He said all countries will support initiatives that help fulfill their needs and benefit from their points of strength to fight poverty and raise per capita income.

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President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili affirmed his country’s support to the initiative to establish the group and stressed the need to keep in contact and coordinate with the G-8 as this would help ease the burdens and difficulties facing our countries.

He called upon G-11 member states to attract investment to vital sectors such as transport, tourism, foreign trade and energy.

Georgian President asked members state of G-8 to take into consideration reform plans carried out by G-11 countries. More focus should be given to negotiation to join the World Trade Organization, he said.

President of Seri Lanka Mahinda Rajapakse affirmed the necessity to bridge the gap between G-11 member states in fields of sustainable development.

All countries need a stable environment to achieve progress and prosperity, he said, stressing the necessity to fight all forms of terror and to concentrate of the bonds that bring these countries together in their drive to combat terror.

Members of the group should give support to His Majesty King Abdullah’s initiative to establish peace in Palestine, he said.

Vice President of Honduras Alven Ernesto Santos affirmed his country’s support to the four basic principles adopted by the group which emphasize their willingness to achieve economic and social reforms in a bid to reach a higher per capita income and this requires support from the G-8 industrial countries, he said. Addressing the problem of poverty in our countries can not be made through dividing gains and benefits but through collective and cooperative work and through seeking alternative energy resources, he said.

Moroccan Prime Minister Driss Jettou also affirmed his countries support to the initiative because Morocco is fully aware of the challenges ahead of us in light of the world’s openness to globalization.

Morocco, he added strongly supports Jordan, as president of the group, in its continued endeavor to promote relations with G-8.

He stressed the need to maintain economic equilibrium and strengthening tools to fight bribery and corruption and address the problem of indebtedness.

Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz said this second summit offers an opportunity to revise accomplishment in economic and social spheres and identify obstacles and search for areas of joint cooperation.

Pakistan, he said supports the “White Paper” and the reform trends, the good governance and empowerment of woman. Besides, Pakistan welcomes institutionalization of cooperation between G-11 and G-8 to help us attain common goals of the two groups.

Head of Ecuador delegations Minister of National Product said member states of the group have identified areas of joint cooperation and will submit them to G-8. He said his country will cooperate with members of the group to achieve the desired objectives.

Representative of Indonesia, Minister of Economic Affairs said his country is committed to agenda put forward by the group so that it can presented to the outside world and can help overcome challenges facing members of the group.

Representative of Paraguay identified difficulties facing his country and that have been overcome to improve living conditions of citizens and improve services. He said his country would give full support to King Abdullah’s efforts to succeed initiatives put forward by the group.

(JIC)

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