Katara to host 7th GPDNet General Assembly from Monday
According to an official Katara press release, the event will bring together Qatar, 14 member countries and seven other countries awaiting membership.
Professor Khalid bin Ibrahim al-Sulaiti, Managing Director of Katara and President of GPDNet, expressed his joy for Katara to host the event, noting the successes of the foundation during his presidency of the current session of the network.
Darwish Ahmed al Shaibani
“There have been successive achievements in building communication bridges and spreading a culture of coexistence, understanding and mutual respect through its success in attracting many countries from different continents of the world to as new members of the network or through adopting a separate strategy and launching an electronic platform, ”he said.
The official underlined that the electronic platform has become an essential factor for cultural communication between member states while providing them with many common cultural services which fall under the so-called global public diplomacy.
“After having been able to establish an innovative approach based on the knowledge economy and the development and strengthening of autonomy, Katara is intensifying its activities to create new spaces in the sectors of culture, art and tourism. and strengthens its presence as a cultural forum that brings together the world’s cultural. Also, it transfers bilateral relations to higher levels and pushes them to wider horizons while consolidating brotherhood and friendship and opening more doors of cooperation. These come on top of the signing of numerous agreements and memoranda of understanding which are in the interest of States and societies, and reinforce the values of dialogue, understanding and communication between peoples ”, added the professor. al-Sulaiti.
Darwish Ahmed al-Shaibani, general secretary of GPDNet, said that many ambitious programs were launched by Katara during her leadership of the diplomatic network.
He welcomed the remarkable achievements made during this network session despite all the difficulties it has faced and the repercussions resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic at the international level. He stressed that Katara’s tireless efforts have contributed to the implementation of bilateral projects and joint programs, which will strengthen cooperation, improve international relations and help deepen rapprochement and communication between peoples and societies.
“The seventh session will see the presentation of new initiatives, including the transformation of the network into an international organization after Katara has finalized the studies necessary to arrive at this dossier,” he said, noting that the meeting will discuss changes in the evolution of the network structure.
He explained that the seventh general assembly of the network will discuss the activation of the digital diplomacy project focusing on areas such as human capacity building and promotion of sustainable development programs. “This in turn will help to increase the exchange of experiences between Member States, in addition to the program of knowledge exchange and awareness raising between these countries,” he said, adding that conferences, seminars , training courses and digital conferences will be held while focusing on improving communication between members in the field of exchange of experiences and information related to culture, arts and diplomacy public, through the network’s website.
On the other hand, the meeting is expected to see seven new countries join the network. These are Bulgaria, Albania, Romania, Tajikistan, Ghana, Rwanda and Palestine.
A series of important lectures and courses in the field of global public diplomacy will be held during the meeting. These will be delivered by a group of international academics, the most important of which are “The Peace Museum Project” – Bosnia and Herzegovina, “Creative Incubator” – Georgia, “Diplomatic Culture” – Malaysia, “Heritage and Music” – Hungary , ‘Public Diplomacy’ – Mexico, ‘Mobile Education’ – Mozambique, ‘The Power of Language’ – Nigeria, ‘A March of Public Diplomacy’ – Turkey and ‘The Impact of Public Diplomacy’ – Ukraine.
Represented by Katara, Qatar obtained its membership in GPDNet in 2017 and received the presidency from Turkey on May 4, 2019, while becoming the first Arab country to lead this international network since its creation in 2014.
GPDNet was created by public and cultural institutions in nine countries: the Philippines, Sweden, Korea, Taiwan, Nigeria, Poland, Portugal, Singapore and Turkey.