On Monday, 15 November 2021, the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies and the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies signed two memoranda of cooperation with the Arab Planning Institute (based in Kuwait). These memoranda relate to strengthening partnership and cooperation regarding research of common interest, especially on economic, social and institutional development, as well as cooperation in the fields of consultancy and training.
The two memoranda of understanding aim to develop Arab Center and the Doha Institute cooperation with the Arab Planning Institute, within the framework of technical support, holding development related conferences and events, and exchanging experts, consultants, researchers, in conjunction with any other areas that fall within the scope of interests between them.
General Director of the Arab Center for Research and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies, Azmi Bishara, received Bader Othman Malallah, Director General of the Arab Planning Institute, and members of the accompanying delegation, Khaled Maqabla and Faisal Al-Monawer. Dr Bishara praised the role of the Arab Planning Institute and its persistent research and training activities to develop policy-making in Arab countries, setting an example of Arab cooperation and integration. Dr Malallah also praised the Arab Center’s activities and academic standing and the Doha Institute, for its mission and role in advancing graduate studies.
The memorandum of understanding was signed on behalf of the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies by its Acting President, Abdelwahab El-Affendi, on behalf of the Arab Center by Executive Director, Mohammed alMasri, and, on behalf of the Arab Planning Institute, Director General, Dr Malallah.
On the occasion, Dr El-Affendi said that the signing of the memoranda relates to the mission of the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies and its role in strengthening the frameworks of joint Arab cooperation in a way that supports development efforts with local and international Arab institutions and contributes to improving performance and enhancing constructive research integration. For his part, Dr. Malallah said the memoranda will contribute to strengthening and supporting development efforts in the State of Qatar. He explained that the cooperation will involve a number of economic and social development fields, in addition to capacity building, training, scientific research, and organizing conferences and events. In the context of working towards the goals of Qatar Vision 2030, Dr. Malallah presented a set of proposals and initiatives related to the application of responsive governance requirements, development planning, industrial clusters and investment maps, which in turn are considered current priorities. Abdel-Fattah Mady, editor-in-chief of the Hikama journal published by the Arab Center and the Doha Institute, noted the shared interest of the institutions in stimulating knowledge production in Arab societies and to putting Arab research and knowledge at the service of citizen and society, noting the importance of integrating efforts exchanging experiences.