Economic co-operation leading to political unity that's the formula being considered by the Arab Union of Chambers of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture, which started its 19th congress in Tunis on Tuesday (May 7).
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Background: Economic co-operation leading to political unity that's the formula being considered by the Arab Union of Chambers of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture, which started its 19th congress in Tunis on Tuesday (May 7).
Tunisian Prime Minister Heidi Nouira, just returned from an official visit to Saudi Arabia, presided at the opening session, attended by representatives from a score of countries.
At a press briefing on Tuesday the Union's Secretary-General said that the current session comes at a crucial time, when the repercussions of the October Middle East war and the use of Arab oil as a political weapon were having an important influence on the economic policies of the area.
SYNOPSIS: Economic experts from a score of Arab countries gathered in Tunis on Tuesday. the Tunisian Prime Minister, M. Hedi Nouira, was there to preside over the opening session of the nineteenth congress held by the Arab Union of Chambers of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture.
Right form the outset the delegates were reminded of the primary aim of their organization -- to progress towards Arab political unity by means of increased economic co-operation. the congress started with a plea for Arab states to co-ordinate economic planning.
Prime Minister Hedi Nouira, just back from a visit to Saudi Arabia, was also among the speakers. The repercussions of the October War in the Middle East and of the recent oil crisis have given an added sense of urgency to this week's congress.