Doha: The State of Qatar will host tomorrow the 16th ministerial meeting of the Asian Cooperation Dialogue (ACD). The meeting will be three days long.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs H E Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani expressed the pride of the State of Qatar at chairing the 2019 dialogue, during the ministerial meeting of member countries on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly meetings in New York.
His Excellency said on Twitter that the country’s priority during its presidency will be to reach an Asian consensus, enhance cooperation, develop mechanisms for joint work, and strengthen economic and commerce ties. His Excellency added that they are certain that enhancing understanding and economic integration in all fields will help advance joint work to higher levels.
The Asian Cooperation Dialogue was established in 2001 and has 34 member countries. Its first meeting was held in Thailand in 2002 with the participation of 18 Asian founding countries.
In 2006, Qatar hosted the fifth meeting. The Doha Declaration included a number of decisions, such as the establishment of an Energy Forum for energy cooperation under the framework of the ACD, the need for Asia to make productive use of its core savings, including financial returns from the energy trade to benefit of the region, and the need for the successful implementation of the e-University project as a tool for building human capacity, closing the digital divide and increasing access to higher education.
The core elements of the ACD 2030 vision are promoting ACDs core principles and values, and spirit of Pan-Asian partnership.Courtesy:ThePeninsula