The meeting will take place in the context of growing economic reform efforts taking place in many countries of the region. It also aims to address continued geopolitical shifts and humanitarian challenges by supporting multistakeholder dialogue on the situation in Syria, Iraq and Libya, and the ongoing refugee crisis.
Top decision-makers from the region, as well as key international stakeholders from the United States, Europe, East Africa and other regions, will also explore in particular how new technologies can be harnessed to create employment, encourage entrepreneurism and drive inclusive growth, especially in this region with a very young population.
The Director-General will participate in a panel discussion on Safeguarding Heritage for Humanity. She will also attend a number of sessions including the opening plenary, a session on protecting refugees and one of rebuilding for peace.
On the margins of the Forum, Irina Bokova is also expected to meet with Professor Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, H.E. Mr Gjorge Ivanov, President of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and the Minister for Foreign and European Affairs of Slovakia Mr. Miroslav Lajcak.