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The 7th Jeddah Economic Forum
11-13 February 2006 | Jeddah, Saudi Arabia



Seeding Potentials for Economic Growth
Honoring Identity And Celebrating Common Grounds

This year's conference called for the honor and recognition of culture, identity and diversity as the building blocks for a world of "common grounds' rather than a global economy of "one size fits all". The conference further seek to underscore stories of success and actionable solutions both within and outside the context of Saudi Arabia. Whether locally, regionally or globally, seek to highlight and celebrate achievements that are special and inspirational about the human quest for inclusion and participation in the building of one world: our world, our tomorrow.

Honoring identity means honoring diversity as well. Identity and diversity are two sides of one coin. Identity is indeed an all encompassing word allowing for many voices in culture, not only in race, gender and age, but also in thought, perspective, and orientation.

Among the questions to be answered in this year's conference is how can identity, and hence diversity, within society and across societies be respected while building a world that we all can be proud of? Is an economy of common grounds possible? Where are we on the quest to allowing more voices in the dance of what is truly human and truly productive? What of missing voices, such as the voices of the poor and the very young? Where do they fit in the shaping of the economy and society of the future? Are there stories of successes to be told on all these quests or is it all "gloom and doom" out there?

No two would argue about the current imbalances in the macro global picture both economically and socially. The question moving forward is what to do about it? The answer for us is simple:

Honoring identity and celebrating common grounds.

Dr. Deisi Kusztra, WFO President attended as a keynote speaker in a Selective Session in Al Qasr 1 on "Generational Diversity - what do we owe the Future? " on Sunday, 12th February from 2 pm to 3 pm.

  Hon. Mme. Saida Agrebi, WFO Vice President for Communication and Public Relations and Dr. Deisi Kusztra, WFO President (Jeddah Economic Forum 2006).
  Mr. Muhammad Ikhwan, Vice President of Mergers & Acquisitions, Savola Group, Saudi Arabia; Dr. Deisi Kusztra, WFO President, Dr. Haifa Jamal Alail, Dean of Effat College; Mrs. Asma Siddiki, Vice Dean of Effat College and Mr. George Billard, Network 20/20, USA (Jeddah Economic Forum 2006).
  Hon. Mme. Saida Agrebi, WFO Vice President for Communication and Public Relations, Hon. Mr. Gerhard Schroeder, Former Chancellor, Germany and Dr. Deisi Kusztra, WFO President (Jeddah Economic Forum 2006).
  Young Enterpreneurs team organizing the Jeddah Economic Forum 2006
  Reception offered by Mrs. Najet Enany, Businesswoman in Jeddah (Jeddah Economic Forum 2006).
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