WANA region at ‘turning point’

AMMAN – Recent political changes have the potential to transform a region burdened by a lack of economic opportunities and insecurity into one of enlightenment, experts said on Monday.

HRH Prince Hassan, chairman and founder of the West Asia and North Africa (WANA) Forum, stressed that the region’s main challenges stem from “rentierism and clientelism”.

“A collaboration between the government, private sector and civil society – or what I call the ‘third sphere’ – is surely the best foundation from which to approach this,” Prince Hassan said at the opening of the 5th annual WANA Forum meeting yesterday.

The two-day conference, which is gathering 100 young leaders from across WANA, aims to highlight means to build on the current movement for change in the region and utilise social media in promoting peace.

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Categories: Jordan, Middle East

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