The United Press International (UPI)

  • Subject : Launch of the Arab Coalition of Service Industries (ASCI) in Doha in April
  • Date : 27-Mar-2012
  • Text :

    AMMAN, March 27 (UPI) - The Arab Coalition of Service Industries (ASCI) will be launched in Doha, the capital of Qatar on April 19.

    The Jordanian businessman, Talal Abu-Ghazaleh told United Press International on Tuesday, the World Trade Organization upon an invitation by the UNCTAD asked him to participate in arranging for a constituent meeting to announce the launch of the Arab Coalition of Service Industries (ASCI) in the Qatari capital, Doha, on April 19 with the participation of all concerned Arab governments, institutions and associations.

    Abu-Ghazaleh added that "The objective of the Doha meeting is to develop inter-Arab trade in this essential sector which is easy to deal with in the era of electronic commerce and knowledge" pointing out that "most of the services do not need customs, borders or governmental approvals."

    He believes that "the growth in the services sector is far better than the growth in commodities sector," describing the focus on the Arab Coalition of Service Industries (ASCI) as very important".

    He called upon Arab bodies concerned with services, whether associations, unions or companies operating in the services sector to "participate in the Doha meeting to launch the Arab Coalition of Services to enhance the Arab economy and the inter-Arab relationships and trade."

    Talal Abu-Ghazaleh expressed deep regret that "the Arab world is the only region where there is no such a coalition."

    Talal Abu-Ghazaleh is the founder and Chairman of Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Organization, the largest group of Arab firms providing professional services in the areas of accounting, management consulting, technology transfer, training and education, intellectual property and legal services, information technology, employment, translation, publication and distribution.

     This is translated from the interview conducted by the UPI with HE Dr. Talal Abu-Ghazaleh on March 27, 2012 in Amman.

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