WORKING GROUPS

  • EDUCATION & CULTURE

Education and culture exchange is a key factor in building strong relations between the two regions. Particular attention will be paid to the student exchange and languages training programs which are necessary for developing a new generation of Arabs and Latin Americans, conversant in each other’s languages and cultures that can be the building block for a sustained future of growing partnership and dialogue. The Council will organize programs in cooperation with universities of the two regions.

  • FOOD SECURITY

Food security is a serious concern for several Arab countries, particularly in the Gulf region and, since there is no long-term solutions have yet been found, food resources must be shared equitably. Nonetheless, Latin America and the Caribbean could be a major player in resolving these vital Arab food security concerns. With the rapid growth in populations and economies, the Arab World requires increasing supplies of food, water, and other necessities, providing important commercial and economic opportunities for Latin America and the Caribbean.

  • ENERGY AND RENEWABLE ENERGY

The Arab World can help meet growing energy requirements in Latin America and the Caribbean. Energy is clearly one of the key issues between the two regions. The strategies, research, coordination and other projects designed to promote trade in energy and the development of sustainable energy projects is among the key areas of interest to the Council.

  • INVESTMENT, TRADE, AND COMMERCE

Strengthening cooperation in the field of investment between the Arab and Latin American regions requires the creation of a banking institution. Such an investment bank would act as a platform for initiatives emerging from governments and private sector and help garner capital from investors to fund different projects. Investment banking will assist individuals, corporations, and governments in raising capital.

It will also provide opportunities for enhanced trade and commerce present themselves across the board to these rapidly growing and developing economic zones with complementary rather than competitive interests.

  • TOURISM & TRAVEL

The Middle East being part of the cradle of human civilizations and cultural heritage in the early centuries, witnessed the birth of monotheistic religions (Christianity, Judaism, and Islam) and a place of much modern economic and political significance; the Arab World remains a popular destination for travelers.

Ethnically, Middle East is tremendously mixed, and there are numerous considerable minorities, Armenians, Kurds and others, using their languages, traditions, and customs of their countries of origin. Every occupying army, from Alexander and the Romans through Genghis Khan to the colonial powers of the nineteenth century, has set descendants behind. UNESCO inscribed 70 sites in the World Heritage List. Three of the Seven Wonders of the World are located in the Arab region: the great Pyramid of Giza, the Lighthouse of Alexandria and the Gardens of Babylon.

From the years 2000 to 2010, the tourist figures in the Middle East increased two times, from 24.1 million to 6.3 million, as stated by UN World Travel Organization (UNWTO). It is a stage of growth that could not be met by any region in the world at the same point in time. Besides, it comes on a time that there are conflicts in Iraq and other instability in the region.

Beginning the year 2006, travel and tourism’s direct input to gross domestic product in Latin America has increased by 7 percent in real terms, more than twice the world average, to achieve an estimated $134 billion in 2011.

This figure, which is expected to increase by 2022 to 224 billion dollars, contains revenue generated by services relating to travel like accommodation and airlines, as well as food and leisure industries that accommodate tourists.

Brazil too is a tourism authority. The travel industry directly generated an assessed $84.6 billion to national gross domestic product with 5.4 million international travel guests.

Travel growth spending equates to more work. Across the region, the travel industry sector hires 5.6 million individuals directly and 15.2 million indirectly. That’s roughly 8 per cent of all employment. Expansion of employment at 3% as of 2006 has increased three times sooner than the world tourism average. By 2022, tourism is anticipated to generate 4 million new jobs in the region, half of which will be in Brazil due to its population and economic growth.

  • INNOVATION & TECHNOLOGY

New technologies and social media are considered to be the best way to share experiences and to include youth in the process of building stronger bi-regional relations. The Council will develop a program dedicated to young professional leaders’ networks between Latin America and the Arab world.

  • INFRASTRUCTURE & DEVELOPMENT

In cooperation with the working group and private sector, the Council will create a database of potential infrastructure and development projects in the two regions that need to be funded either publicly or privately, public-private partnerships.