«Trends» participates in discussion on economics of peace as part of Davos Forum
TRENDS Research and Advisory emphasised the significance of achieving peace in the Middle East, given the economic benefits of achieving peace in this region.
Dr. Mohammed Abdullah Al-Ali, CEO of Trends Research and Advisory, delivered his remarks on the subject at the annual meeting of the Greek House Davos Foundation 2024, held as part of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, which kicked off on 15th January in Switzerland.
Addressing a panel discussion entitled "The Economics of Peace in the Middle East: A Best Practices Model for Education on the Culture of Peace and SDGs," Dr. Al-Ali said, "Achieving peace in the Middle East shall boost trade and investment in the region, create new jobs, attract foreign direct investment, and promote innovation and economic growth".
He referred to the role of think tanks and scientific research in promoting a culture of peace and sustainability, highlighting Trends Centre's research and knowledge output that enhances cooperation and spreads a culture of dialogue, understanding and peaceful coexistence in a way that ensures peace and stability.
The discussion was attended by a group of intellectuals and pioneers in politics, religion and education.
The speakers mentioned the importance of promoting a culture of peace in the region as a driver of economic and social development. The speakers stressed the need to integrate the principles of sustainable peace and the Sustainable Development Goals into education curricula at all levels. They also stressed the vital role of religious institutions in consolidating the values of tolerance and understanding between religions and cultures.
Experts, thinkers and pioneers indicated that stability and security provide a conducive environment for economic growth, while conflicts lead to a decline in development rates and an increase in poverty levels. The contributors stressed the need to include the concepts of peace, human rights and sustainable development goals in educational curricula.
They referred to the need to enhance critical thinking skills and promote dialogue and understanding between different religions and cultures in the region. These measures represent an effective weapon to combat intolerance and hatred.
They stressed the indispensable role of think tanks, scientific research institutions and communities in spreading a culture of peace and enhancing engagement and inclusive participation in resolving outstanding issues and disputes.