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Draft of Arab plan of action aims at mitigating social causes

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TUNIS, March 29 (Xinhua) -- Arab ministers of commerce, economy and finance met in Tunis Thursday and discussed a series of socio-economic issues before submitting proposed draft decisions to the Arab leaders who are expected to be present this Sunday for the 30th Arab summit.

The Arab ministers conceived Thursday a draft of the Arab plan of action which aims at mitigating the social causes of terrorism and fighting against the child recruitment by terrorist groups.

During the meeting, Arab ministers of trade, economy and finance stressed that it would be imperative to aid Palestine by launching a "Palestinian National Institution for Economic Empowerment" to support projects for vulnerable Palestinian groups.

"Half of the world's refugees come from the Arab region," the Arab League (AL) Secretary General Ahmed Aboul-Gheit said on Thursday on the sidelines of the Economic and Social Council Ministerial Meeting.

"Our fight against terrorism needs the acceleration of joint action to protect young people against this danger," said Aboul-Gheit, adding that the Arab leaders must invest in the human factor through education, health and training.

"In order to take up the social development challenge, including the integral Arab development, the promotion of living conditions and the fulfillment of our young people's dreams, we are obliged to reach a 6-percent economic growth," said Tunisian Minister of Commerce Omar El Bahi.

There is a need to diversify Arab economies, boost trade and promote investments and strengthen the inter-Arab partnership, said the Tunisian minister at a press briefing.

"The project of the Great Arab Free Trade Zone should be, as soon as possible, a concrete reality," added El Bahi.

"The implementation of the Arab development strategy in the housing and urban development sector is one of the major challenges for developing economies in the region," said the Permanent Representative of the kingdom of Morocco with the Arab League Ahmed Tazi.

The strategy would facilitate the financing of Arab projects through the participations of local and international funds, the Moroccan official said.

Tazi evoked a plan to support the Arab negotiations on climate change, which should be based on two major principles: the right of Arab countries to use technologies and mechanisms necessary to achieve sustainable development as well as solidarity, including the right of these countries to receive assistance to adapt to climate change.

According to the Moroccan official, the strengthening of the Arab cooperation remains the perfect key to find solutions to the common challenges facing the Arab countries.

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