King Abdullah II ibn Al Hussein of Jordan speaking at the World Economic Forum on Middle Earth and North Africa, 2015. Photo Credit: WEF

In partnership with the King Abdullah II Fund for Development (KAFD), the World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa will be held at the Dead Sea in Jordan on 5-6 April 2019. This will be the 10th meeting in Jordan and 17th meeting in the region. The meeting will convene over 1,000 government, business and civil society leaders from more than 50 countries.

Meeting in New York on the occasion of the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly, His Majesty King Abdullah II ibn Al Hussein of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and Prof Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, described the meeting as a unique opportunity to address the region’s most critical challenges.

“The region stands at a crucial moment in its history – with an unprecedented opportunity for transformation, driven by its young populations and their embrace of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. But the promise can only be fulfilled if regional and international stakeholders step up their commitment to resolving the ongoing conflicts, which hold back the region’s standing in the world,” said Prof Schwab.

With first results starting to emerge from social and economic reform efforts launched in several of the region’s economies, the meeting will be a key opportunity to collaborate on scaling up such efforts, with a focus on creating sustainable entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystems. The meeting will pay particular attention to women entrepreneurs and key intergenerational issues such as transparency, accountability and sustainability and the protection of the environment.

In addition, building on the World Economic Forum’s longstanding position as a platform for peace and reconciliation, the meeting will host dialogues with key decision-makers from the region, the United States, Europe and Asia on addressing geopolitical challenges, including in Syria and Libya.

The World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa was last held in Jordan in 2017 in partnership with KAFD. Next year’s meeting will mark the 10th hosted by Jordan since it was first convened at the Dead Sea in 2003.