“Reforms are on the way to support and foster a healthy business climate,” Abdullah said at the King Hussein bin Talal Convention Centre at the Dead Sea. United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Afghan Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah and Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari attended the opening session. “I am convinced that it is crucial to look at the Middle East and North Africa not only as area of conflict but as region of opportunities,” Guterres said. Guterres also highlighted the dangers facing the region due to climate change.
“This region will face some of the world’s worst impacts in particular increased water stress desertification, which will reduce the amount of available land and increase dependence on food imports,” he said. The two-day conference will discuss unemployment, conflict, economic development and climate change in the region.
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