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Deauville Partnership International Symposium on the Promotion of Women's Public and Socio-Economic Role in the MENA Region to be Held

December 9, 2016

1. On December 12, Japan will host the “International Symposium on the Promotion of Women's Public and Socio-Economic Role in the MENA Region” in Tokyo (Shinagawa Prince Hotel).

2. Experts from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region (Tunisia, Morocco, Egypt, Jordan, and Yemen) are invited to attend this symposium, and officials from G7 countries and international organizations (United States, Germany, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development) will serve as panelists. The moderators will be Prof. Keiko Takaki of J.F. Oberlin University, and Prof. Hisae Nakanishi of Doshisha University. Mr. Motome Takisawa, Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, will deliver opening remarks, and Ms. Atsuko Nishimura, Ambassador for Women, Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs, will make closing comments.

3. The Symposium will feature a panel discussion on women's public and socio-economic role in the MENA region from the perspective of (1) initiatives led by MENA countries and (2) suitability of the support and involvement of countries inside and outside the region and international organizations.

(Reference) Deauville Partnership
The Deauville Partnership was established as a framework to assist stable transition to democratic systems and efforts to realize socioeconomic reforms in Arab countries at the Deauville Summit in May 2011 following the Arab Spring. The G8 Declaration on the Arab Spring called for cooperation from international financial institutions, United Nations organizations, and others, as well as enhanced bilateral assistance, trade and investment promotion, regional integration support, and people-to-people exchanges for transitioning countries.

Participants includes the G7 countries, 11 Middle East countries, and international organizations. The G7 countries have served as the Chair countries and held ministerial meetings to conduct reports and discussions regarding progress in the transition processes by transitioning countries. Chair countries have also hosted related meetings on their own initiative. Japan is the Chair country this year.

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