Meridian’s President Meets with Global Leaders in Morocco

Ambassador Stuart Holliday speaks at a panel discussion at the Skhirat International Conference

Ambassador Stuart Holliday, President & CEO of Meridian International Center, speaks at a panel discussion at the Skhirat International Conference, which was held in Rabat, Morocco on November 30 and December 1, 2012.

On Friday, November 30 and Saturday, December 1, 2012, Ambassador Stuart Holliday, President & CEO of Meridian International Center participated in the 2nd Edition of the Skhirat International Conference, “Initiative for an Atlantic Community”, which was held in Rabat, Morocco.

At the Conference, ministers of government, high-level government officials, heads of international organizations, policy makers and members of the diplomatic community discussed the requirements for the sustainable development of an Atlantic Community.

The 2-day program featured presentations, panel discussions and workshops on New Governance for the Atlantic Space; The Economic Agenda for the Atlantic Space; Responsible Use for the Common Atlantic Heritage; Energy and Food Security for the Atlantic Space. Speakers included Mr. Pierre Vimont, Executive Secretary General of the European External Action Service, European Union; Her Excellency Mrs. Marta Dassu, Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Italy; Mr. Bart Gordon, Former Congressman, Chairman Science and Technology Committee US House, U.S.A; His Excellency Reinaldo Figueredo, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Venezuela; Colonel Mr. Gueye Charles, Special Adviser to the President of the Republic, Research Director of Strategy and Defence of CEDS, Senegal; His Excellency Mr. Donald Kaberuka, President of African Development Bank Group; His Excellency Mr. Albert Mabri Toikeusse, Minister of State, Minister of Planning and Development, Ivory Coast; and Ambassador Stuart W. Holliday, President & CEO of Meridian International Center, Washington DC.

In his remarks at the forum, New Governance for Atlantic Space, Ambassador Holliday recommended the involvement of emerging leaders in the development of a sustainable Atlantic Space and stated:
“52% of the world’s population is under the age of 30 and I would like to propose that we think about identifying emerging leaders, in our respective regions, who would come together in an Atlantic Leadership Collaborative. We could identify some very specific projects not only for discussion, but also for actual movement, for action forward, that would provide an example to people in our countries on how we can co-operate on issues, such as sustainability, job creation and health.”

Click here see full video of Ambassador Holliday’s presentation.