Extraordinary General Assembly of the GIFT-MENA Network

Place : 
Salalah, Sultanate of Oman
Date : 
Wednesday, August 23, 2017 to Thursday, August 24, 2017

The Extraordinary General Assembly of the GIFT-MENA Network was held in Salalah, Sultanate of Oman on August 23 - 24, 2017, hosted by the Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the Governorate of Dhofar.

It was organized in collaboration with the Arab Planning Institute and the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs. It brought together more than 40 participants, presidents and directors of human resources management of 11 civil service training schools', members of the network from Bahrein, Egypt, Iraq, Kuwait, Libya, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Sudan and Tunisia, in addition to representatives of 5 partner organizations.

This meeting aimed to agree on a roadmap and action plan to institutionalize the GIFT-MENA network 10 years of its creation and streamline its offer of services, in line with the recent Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and in particular Goal 16 argeting Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions.    

The Opening ceremony was held on the morning of Wednesday 23rd August in the presence of Sheikh Abdallah Ben Salam Al Rawas, Chairman of the Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the Governorate of Dhofar, the Director General of the Arab Planning Institute, Dr. Bard Malallah, and the President of the GIFT-MENA Steering Committee, Ms. Lamia Moubayed Bissat.

For 2 consecutive days, it was the occasion to discuss the GIFT-MENA network’s institutionalization, business development and medium term action plan (2017-2021), conducted by subject-matter experts. The 2 experts' reports were presented and discussed:

-  The first report provides recommendations on business development as well as an institutional development plan for the period 2017-2021. It proposes a fundraising strategy, including funding needs and potential sources and proposing an action plan to approach donors.

-  The second report is a legal review providing an analysis of existing institutional options and recommendation on most suitable one as per strategic vision, including repercussions on the current governance structure.

Both reporst are available in the French and Arabic languages.

The General Assembly also offered the floor for member institutions to take part to the dialogue on the role, challenges and priorities of schools of government and learning organizations in light of the SDGs 16 and 17. It constituted a platform for training schools representatives to meet, exchange practices and network.