His Excellency, Dr. Raed Mohammed Bin Shams, the President of the Middle East and North Africa Network for Public Administration Research (MENAPAR), the Director General of Bahrain Institute for Public Administration, (BIPA), confirmed that using scientific researches and the latest developments in Knowledge and Administrative Science during the Corona (Covid-19) Pandemic will help the Arab Region and the Southern Countries to counter the present and future challenges, especially in the Investment sector which is the corner stone to economic prosperity and the achievement of the Sustainable Development goals 2030.
His statement, came on occasion of the Virtual Regional Workshop organized by the Middle East and North Africa Public Administration Research Network MENAPAR, and the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation UNOSSC, the United Nations Development program UNDP, and Bahrain Institute for Public Administration, BIPA, on Investment in Sustainable Development Goals through cooperation between the southern region countries themselves and the tripartite cooperation post covid-19 Pandemic.
The Virtual workshop is entitled: “Promoting Favorable policies, Empowering the Legal and Business Environment and Integration in the Arab region”, which will be held from 30 November to 2 December 2020.
Dr. Ben Shams said that this workshop aims mainly to come up with mechanisms that support the formulation of new public policies that are compatible with the development goals and able to keep up with the present and future challenges that the region may face. He stated that this event highlights the importance of regional integration among the countries of the region and the need for strong networking and lasting cooperation with the countries of the South, in order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, especially the seventeenth (17) goal and help reach financial and technological sustainability.
Dr. Ben Shams explained that the workshop hosts more than 80 participants representing governments, the private sector, development agencies, international financial institutions, academia, and civil society among others. During the workshop, the participants will work in multiple sessions to analyze regional investment trends among the countries of the South in conjunction with the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic, and the associated legal and trade policies, in addition to defining crisis mitigation policies on South-South investments, and other policies to address challenges and response to disasters that affect the region, regional integration efforts and financing mechanisms that facilitate South-South investments to achieve Sustainable Development Goals will also be studied. .
Dr. Bin Shams affirmed the importance of the Think-Tank institutions in developing the Arab systems of Governments and establishments, which he said would not happen without the presence of awareness and organized institutional support and cooperation of Arab Think tanks. He further pointed out that today, we are in much need of hundreds of organizations like the MENAPAR Network, ready to employ their efforts in developing scientific researches in the region, and only through the collaboration of workers, researchers and practitioners from officials with the financial institutions will we be able to make a change that people of Southern nations aspire, in particular the Arb region to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.