New Delhi, November 14: The largest ever Indo-Arab conference convened on private initiative ended here this week after two days of brainstorming on how to boost mutual business, trade, cultural and people-to-people relations. 

The significance of the meet can be gauged from the fact that five Union cabinet ministers, the prime minister and the Delhi chief minister were among people who interacted with the delegates. On the Arab side, the representation was on a similarly (if not equally) high level. The lone non-Arab foreign delegate was Malaysia’s former deputy prime minister and major Asian policy thinker, Dr Anwar Ibrahim. Business leaders and top executives of major financial institutions, opinion makers and academics completed the picture. 

At the end of the conference (organised jointly by Institute of Objective Studies and Indo-Arab Economic Cooperation Forum), the delegates passed a number of resolutions that, according to the forum president, Dr Mohammad Manzoor Alam, is going to have a "far-reaching effect on mutual relations across the board". The following is the text of the resolutions:   

The global economic architecture is visibly transformed in the New Millennium. Finance, resources, technology and markets are no longer the preserve of the developed world. The developing countries today possess not only markets and resources but also commandeer cutting-edge technology and surplus investible funds to drive global businesses. 

The power shift has given new meanings to South-South Cooperation, particularly between regions that are economically and culturally contiguous. India and the Arab World share deep-set economic and cultural linkages, and are both on the ascendant in the emerging global economic cycle of prosperity.  

The two regions are now poised to leverage the complementarities in the realms of trade, investments, and sharing of technology and expertise, to forge a strong partnership in development. The growing partnership, in time, will give spurs to the cherished economic integration of an economic market  - the Asian- Arab region. 

Opportunities galore for high-level Indo-Arab partnerships, but there is a greater need for wider dissemination of knowledge and information in this regard 

Indian Side

1.     Dr. M. Manzoor Alam

2.     Mr. Santosh Bhartiya

3.     Mr. Vipin Malik

4.     Mr. Ravi Kishore

Arab Side

1.     Mr. Rashid Al-Suwaiket

2.     Dr. Abdulrehman Al-Khareiji

3.     Dr. Samir Q. Fakhro

4.     Dr. Sulaiman Al-Qimlas 

The mandate of the Committee will be: 

1.     To take members from other Arab countries with equal representatives from India.

2.     To form sub-committees