Yuli-Yoel Edelstein: “We should develop cooperation, rather than talking about conflict”
Speaker, Knesset, Israel
Yuli-Yoel Edelstein discusses the prospects for cooperation between Israel and its neighboring countries. He highlights the potential contribution of the Israeli export in the sectors of technologies and goods in fostering economic and political ties. Edelstein also argues that the current changes in the perception of Israel from other regional powers, especially Gulf Countries, might turn into new economic opportunities in the near future.
Tarek El Molla: “Gas can bring peace and stability”
Tarek El Molla, Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, Egypt
Tarek El Molla discusses the importance of gas discoveries in the East Mediterranean, both from an economic and political perspective. From an economic point of view, he stresses that the East Mediterranean area has a high output for gas extraction, which might turn even higher with new discoveries. From a political point of view, he emphasizes that gas discoveries can help in strengthening political cooperation between Egypt and both European and Eastern Mediterranean countries.
Lina Khatib: ‘Russia and Iran: the effort to rebuild Syria’
Lina Khatib, Head, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House.
Lina Khatib analyses the prospect for the reconstruction in Syria, by discussing the role of Iran and Russia in the post-conflict phase and their political strategies in the country. She also argues that these two countries’ interest in the reconstruction of Syria is instrumental for increasing their political influence in the area.
Ahmed Aboul Gheit | Arab League, “Dialogue is key”
Ahmed Aboul Gheit, Secretary General, Arab League
Ahmed Aboul Gheit discusses the contribution of the Arab League in fostering social, economic and political cooperation among the Arab countries and highlights that the Arab League plays a key role in defending the Palestinian interests and fostering dialogue between the two shores of the Mediterranean.
Marie Francoise Marie-Nelly | “The most promising investment? Youth start-ups”
Marie Francoise Marie-Nelly Country Director for the Maghreb and Malta, Middle East and North Africa , World Bank
Marie Francoise Marie-Nelly discusses the prospect of economic growth in the MENA region for both the traditional and new sectors, specifically the automotive and aeronautical industries. She also highlights the possible contribution of the youth in the start-up sector in the economic growth of this area.