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Prof Lipumba keynote speaker at global summit on Arab uprisings

27th March 2012
Prof Ibrahim Lipumba

Renowned international economist Prof Ibrahim Lipumba will be one of the three speakers at a global summit organised to discuss political and administrative changes in Arab countries in the wake of uprisings.

The meeting will be held in Barcelona, Spain at the end of this month and special focus will be on the spate of change that swept across Egypt, Tunisia and Yemen, and others.

Prof Lipumba, who is also Civic United Front (CUF) national chairman, revealed this in an interview yesterday, adding that he will be participating in the summit as a member of a panel comprising three international experts.

"I will represent the continent of Africa to discuss the administrative and political issues which have an important character in the future of the Arab countries where political and administrative matters have to be respected," he said.

Prof Lipumba mentioned other two speakers as Sergei Mitrokhin, a political scientist and leader of Yabloko party from Russia and Wael Lawal, chairman of Arab Countries. He said the panel will be chaired by Hans van Baalen, President of Liberal International.

He added that the first anniversary of the Arab uprisings is the theme that will overhaul various events related to the LI Executive Committee.

Prof Lipumba said the global impact of Arab uprisings will be the topic of the special panel, where delegates will reflect on the implications of the changes in the Arab World on the developments in other corners of the world.

The panel will also address the issue of women's role during the changes in the Arab world, as well as in the transformed Arab societies with the argument of 'Women as a Force For Change, the Arab Spring and Beyond'.

LI is the world federation of liberal and progressive democratic political parties founded in 1947 to strengthen liberal protection from totalitarianism, facism and communism.

It has since become the pre-eminent network for promoting liberalism, individual freedom, human rights, the rule of law, tolerance, equality of opportunity, social justice, free trade and a market economy.


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