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Tunisia's transformation - Cooperating with the neighbours: Europe, North Africa and the GCC

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The Gulf Research Center with the Bertelsmann Stiftung, the German-Tunisian Chamber of Industry and Commerce, and the Center of Mediterranean and International Studies jointly held the European Neighbourhood Conference under the title “Tunisia’s transformation – Cooperating with the neighbours: Europe, North Africa and the GCC” in Tunis from April 29 to 30, 2015. The event featured the participation of the President of the Federal Republic of Germany, Dr. Joachim Gauck who delivered a keynote address to some 400 parliamentarians, diplomats, entrepreneurs, experts from academia and civil society representatives from Europe, Tunisia, four other North African countries and from the Gulf Region. In a roundtable discussion that followed, participants discussed ways of how to support democracy and the rule of law, how to increase foreign investment, and how to secure human resources in Tunisia. The events also included addresses by the European Commissioner for Neighborhood Policy Dr. Johannes Hahn, Tunisian Prime Minister Habib Essid, Tunisian Foreign Minister Taib Baccouche, International Cooperation Minister Yassine Brahim and Tunisian Labour Minister Zied Ladhari. 
http://www.bertelsmann-stiftung.de/en/topics/aktuelle-meldungen/2015/april/europaeische-nachbarschaftskonferenz-nachbericht/

Dr.Abdulaziz participation in " Arab geopolitics after the “Caliphate”. How to exit the fragmentation" Conference

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Dr. Abdulaziz Sager, Chairman of the Gulf Research Center, participated as a speaker in the second session entitled "Sustainable economics and game changers . The role of energy" at conference Arab geopolitics after the Caliphate. How to exit the fragmentation trap, which was organized by the NATO Defense College Foundation in cooperation with NATO's Political and Security Affairs Division, in Rome, Italy on October 9.

Dr. Christian Koch, Director of the Gulf Research Center Foundation, participated in the “Poland-EU-GCC Economic Forum” held at the Ministry of Development in Warsaw, Poland and organized by the Center for Social and Economic Research (CASE)

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Dr. Christian Koch, Director of the Gulf Research Center Foundation, participated in the “Poland-EU-GCC Economic Forum” held at the Ministry of Development in Warsaw, Poland and organized by the Center for Social and Economic Research (CASE), the Polish Institute for International Affairs, Lewiatan, the Centre for International Initiatives, and Invest in Poland. Dr. Koch spoke in the first panel on EU-GCC Investment Cooperation. The event brought together nearly 100 participants representing Polish companies, government and the civil society sector.

Labour Migration in the Arab Gulf Countries: Issues, Data, Documents and Research

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The event brought together a large number of representatives from GSC, SESRI and GLMM; Qatari officials from the Ministry of Labor, Qatar Statistics Authority, Qatar Foundation and Qatar General Secretariat for Development Planning; Officials from the ministries of labor, statistical bureaus and planning institutes of the GCC countries; representatives from international organizations; and academics from/based in Qatar, the GCC countries and elsewhere.

“The unique meeting, which brought together governmental experts and academics, helped us shed new light on the fundamental topics of labor markets and migration,” said Mr. Imco Brouwer, executive director of the GLMM Programme. “Much can be learned by sharing insights and findings and comparing among the countries of GCC and between the GCC countries and other countries with a large foreign national populations and to bring together experts and academics from different professional and disciplinary backgrounds to develop innovative ideas and policies to persisting challenges.”

Participants engaged in debate to identify key issues for the upcoming 2-5 years for the Arab Gulf States concerning labour markets and migration; assess the state of research in terms of topics, quality and usefulness for policy reform and suggesting an agenda for the upcoming 2-5 years; evaluate the availability, reliability, validity, comparability and accessibility of demographic, economic, legal, social, and administrative data (statistical and survey), documents and records and evaluate them for the upcoming 2-5 years. The GLMM’s website (http://gulfmigration.eu), a fundamental instrument for anyone interested in and concerned with the issues discussed, was officially introduced at the meeting.

Additionally, participants sought to define a strategy to reinforce the Arab Gulf labour markets and migration studies community and identify a plan to increase policy dialogues between Arab Gulf and international academics, governmental and non-governmental institutions as means to advance evidence-based labour markets and migration policies.

Topics covered during the discussion included an assessment of Qatarization and, in general, of the strategies of all GCC countries to nationalize their workforce, as well as the need for evidence-based migration policy-making. As part of the event, participants highlighted some of their research outcomes and identified challenges and potential roadmaps to address these issues.

“These discussions are beneficial not only because they help us pinpoint areas of improvement but also build constructive dialogue on ways through which we can examine possible solutions,” said Dr. Darwish Alemadi, director of SESRI and Qatar University’s associate vice president for research.
“It is our hope that these kinds of discussions pose as a starting point for further valuable debates on important labor research topics,” said Dr. Abdullah Baabood, director of the Gulf Studies Center.


Environment and Geo-Strategy: The Shape of Future Conflicts, the Roots of a new Peace

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The Ca’ Foscari University in Venice hosted a lecture on “Environment and Geo-Strategy: The Shape of Future Conflicts, the Roots of a new Peace” delivered by Grammenos Mastrojeni, Minister Counselor in Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Prof. Matteo Legrenzi, Associate Professor of International Relations and Gulf Studies at Ca’ Foscari University served as a discussant.

The Academic Scientific Forum

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26 September 2012

9:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Activation of the Administrative Strategy for Hajj & Umrah Business

Moderator:

Dr. Saud Mahmoud Mandowrah
Faculty member, Business Administration Division

Speakers:

Dr. Fayez Saleh Jamal
Businessman/Tawaf Pilgrims for Arab Countries.

Dr. Ahmed Saleem Maymani
Head of Human Resources Division

7 November 2012

9:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Democracy & Islamic Groups in Turkey : How Aladalah Party managed to win power.

Moderator:

Dr. Haitham Hassan Lingawi
Faculty member, Political Science Division

Speakers:

Dr. Ahmed Saleem Albarsan
Faculty Member, Political Science Division

Dr. Abdulaziz Othman Sager
President of Gulf Center for Research


28 November 2012

9:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Assessment Criteria of the Saudi Health System.

Moderator:

Dr. Hisham Mohammed Meliani
Faculty member, Health Services & Hospitals Division

Speakers:

Dr. Adnan Ahmed Albar
Faculty Member, Medicine College

Dr. Hadeer Mustafa A. Meer
Medical Director, King Abdulaziz Hospital

Dr. Raja Mohammed Alradadi
Head of Research, Ministry of Public Health


6 February 2013

9:30 AM – 12:30 PM

The Role of Accounting Information and its Impact on Capital Markets.

Moderator:

Dr. Awad Salamah Alrehaily
Faculty member, Accounting Division

Speakers:

Dr. Abdullah Hussein H. Alabdulghader
Faculty member, King Fahd Petroleum & Mineral University.

Dr. Mohammed Hassan R. Alnufaiae
Chairman, Alnufaiae Investment Group


13 March 2013

9:30 AM – 12:30 PM

The Future of Touristic Marketing in Saudi Arabia.

Moderator:

Dr. Tariq Mohammed Khazandar
Head of Marketing Division

Speakers:

Dr. Abdullah suliman Algehani
Deputy General Secretary, Ministry of Tourism & Artifacts


24 April 2013

9:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Management of Volunteer Work: Fact & Expectation.

Moderator:

Mr. Ayman Abdulghader Kamal
Faculty member, Business Administration Division


Speakers:

H. E. Dr. Abudllah Omar Nasif
President, Islamic Conference Org.

Dr. Nouh Yahya Alshehri
Faculty member, Literature & Hum. College

Dr. Aidaroos Abdullah Alsabban
Former Faculty member, Public Administration Division


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