INTRODUCTION: An international conference on the future course of economic policies in the Islamic world has opened in Islamabad, Pakistan.
GV & CU EXT National Assembly Hall in Islamabad (2 shots)
SV INT Arab delegates seated
SV Pakistani President Zia Ul Haq seated with President of King Abdul Aziz University in Jeddah, Dr. Abdullah Omar Nassef
SV Delegates from Turkey, Kuwait and Oman seated with others (2 shots)
CU Dr. Nassef speaking in English
LV Delegates applaud
CU & SV President Zia speaking in Urdu with delegates listening (2 shots)
SV PAN Zia concludes speech, delegates applaud
SPEECH ON FILM (TRANSCRIPT)
NASSEF: (SEQ. 5) "Mr. President, your Excellencies, brothers and sisters, it is my great pleasure and honour to address such a select gathering of scholars of economics on behalf of King Abdul Aziz University in general and the centre of Islamic Economic Research in particular".
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Background: INTRODUCTION: An international conference on the future course of economic policies in the Islamic world has opened in Islamabad, Pakistan. The 6 day seminar is being attended by 80 delegates from most of the major Islamic states as well as the United States, Canada, Britain and Australia. The talks are aimed at fostering closer ties between the world's Islamic communities and planning future economic development.
SYNOPSIS: The seminar began on Tuesday (6 January) in Islamabad's National Assembly Hall. Among the Arab states represented are Saudi Arabia, Oman, Dubai, Egypt, Kuwait and Jordan.
The conference started with an opening address by Pakistan's president General Zia Ul Haq and a discussion on economic planning led by Dr. Abdullah Nassef, a University administrator from Saudi Arabia.
The Islamic states are working on ways of eliminating trade barriers and increasing co-operation with the long-term aim of creating their own common market. In his opening address, President Zia said Western progress had done little to help the plight of the 40-percent of the world's population still living below the poverty line. And he said Islam was the only way to equality and peace. The seminar coincides with a general tightening up of Muslim principles in Pakistan. Foreign missions have been requested to stop serving alcohol at functions, interest-free banking has been introduced and women students have been asked to wear the traditional Muslim cloak as part of General Zia's policy of "Islamisation".
The Islamabad seminar will include discussions on a wide range of economic issues, from trade to tourism. It is due to end on Sunday (January 12).