Mohamed Dekkak
Mohamed Dekkak

CARLAC: (Council for Arab Relations with Latin America and the Caribbean) The Arab league is seen as a dynamic, vibrant, and fast-pacing zone due to its extensive investment base, indisputably crucial, and opulent cultural heritage as well as it is international energy assets. The more significant percentage of its population is untapped and energetic, thereby making a bold statement on the global economy and open areas.

Similar to the Arab world, Latin America also demonstrates the same features with over 550 million of its population having Arab roots while another 17,000,000 people outside of the MENA zone have Arab lineage. Despite being part of the Middle East, they have mixed with the Latin American community and their culture with a significant success recorded in many areas of specializations most importantly in the R &D (i.e., research and development), commerce as well as politics. Combining all these advantages has been of the deciding factors in establishing a mutual collaboration between the Arab world and Latin America; something that is feasible and regarded as necessary for the sound economic reinforcement, cultural and political bond.

Over the last couple of years, Latin America has had a history of active socio-economic engagement and political disparity which can be subjected to discussion and support with the Arab league leading to significant major remodeling undertakes and economic record, the social, political development.

Latin America, as well as the Arab world, is seen as beneficial investment destinations, not only that; they have also progressed economically as well in the area of societal empowerment. Both continents have robust prospects of healthier bilateral dealings which cannot be overemphasized.

Breaking forth of late is an unpretentious and strong tie between Latin America, the Arab League, and the Caribbean. The two decisive factors that have fueled this most crucial ongoing situation in addition to profitable and socio-economic growth are international fairness and collaboration.

From a global point of view, the strong ties that exist between these regions are very paramount to developmental sustainability, reduction of poverty, safeguarding the global, regional stability, addressing climate change, security strengthening, the creation of effective intercontinental financial policies and parameters. If these three regions can synergize together, carrying out their individual and collective projects and programs will be very easy and the result will be of more significant benefits to all the parties as well as the global community.

The birth of the Council for Arab Relations with Latin America and the Caribbean (CARLAC)

  • The Arab-Latin American Meeting is a conference that was graced by over one hundred top delegates and previous ministers from both the Arab league and Latin America to discuss ways of enhancing their economic ties. The summit was planned by the Global Foundation for Democracy and Development and the United Arab Emirates University, held in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. in the year 2012 fully sponsored by Sheikh Nahyan Mubarak Al Nahyan who was then the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research of U.A.E.
  • The forum is an annual event in different countries in the region bringing experts to discover new investment prospects and build up to more contracts.
  • The first forum was held in the Dominican Republic in July 2010. Costa Rica hosted the second forum in 2011 while the third edition took place in Columbia. Those delegates who attended the Abu Dhabi meeting recommended that the Council for Arab Relations with Latin America and the Caribbean (CARLAC) be formed to map-out, lead and assist in the consolidation of the Arab-Latin American ties. Another function of the council is to accentuate the influence of the obligation for financial and socio-cultural growth which can be accomplished by recognizing its mutual benefits for the populace of the two regions. Meanwhile, the parties involved have to be conscious of the fact that joint collective ideology and philosophies restrict them.
  • The motivation to implement an all-inclusive society in the course of mutual assistance is what the CARLAC aim to actualize. CARLAC is set up to enhance sustainable progress in the Arab nations as well as their South American counterparts by developing a genuine shared understanding for the advancement and advantage of both areas.
  • We must not deviate from the fact that, CARLAC is a non-profit and impartial association that is designed to harness, diverse, effective ways of developing the right set of networks that will look into a broad chain of negotiations and collective support on some concerns that are of investment-related mutual wellbeing as well as trade and exchange, higher education, investment related and cultural consultations.
  • The first convention of the Council marking the actual organization of CARLAC was held in February 2014 at the Dominican Republic, an event that was chaired by the former President of Dominican Republic in the person of His Excellency and Highness Sheikh Nahyan Mubarak Al‐
  • The council concluded at the peak of the event to construct two bases for each of the regions; one for LAC and the other for MENA to carry out the mission of the council as well as achieving all that the stood for effectively. The two subdivisions are to be organized for the program and strategy map out as well as evaluation and investigation development. Both LAC and MENA are projected to improve the economic state, civil society and the regional governments are expected to grow the financial state, civil society, and the provincial governments.
  • The idea of having an Investment bank that will be focused on the regions and new formations were also tabled for discussions during the event. The proposed financial institution would aid and initialize investments and trade relationships between the entire areas.
  • There are several areas of both regions that have attained economic advancement irrespective of their global financial situation and what they can benefit from more prominent commercial, trade, and business partnership to team up to keep each other from local and intercontinental economic problems. CARLAC look into the expansion of different segments to boost profitability and investment opportunities between the two regions.
  • Some of the areas that CARLAC targets include education and culture, food security and agriculture, Renewable energy, mining, trade and commerce, infrastructure development, investment, information technology to mention just a few; are the sectors that the council is looking at to provide the Arab countries and Latin America with profitable opportunities.
Mohamed Dekkak Chief Financial Officer and Founding Member is being interviewed during the CARLAC Press Conference

Much better programs in the area of scientific research and development, support, and tactics would contribute to the assembly of collaborations in numerous disciplines like biotechnologies, management, alternative energy sources, and natural resources governance. The advancement of Arab-Latin American exchange and communication in the subjects like education, culture, and the arts would stimulate a better mutual insight into each region’s people, language, and historical eras. Comprehensively, extensive student exchange programs can lay the foundation and create synergies for the continuing development of many unfathomable heights of understanding and collaboration.

CARLACs Participations on Remarkable Events, Conferences, and Festivals, like:

  • CARLAC and OCP Policy Center Discuss Renewable Energy – COP22

The Council for Relations between the Arab World, Latin America and the Caribbean (CARLAC), in collaboration with the OCP Policy Center, the Getulio Vargas Foundation (Brazil), and the University of Maryland (USA), organized COP22 event on “Renewable Energy: Reducing Carbon Emissions, Experiences of MENA Countries (North Africa and the Middle East) of Latin America and Caribbean”. Ambassador Hasan Abdel Rahman, Executive Director of CARLAC, said that the participation of high-level representatives of Latin American and Caribbean governments, as well as the participation of invited civil society leaders in this event, were expected.

Mohamed Dekkak, Chief Financial Officer and Founding Member of CARLAC, the Council for Arab Relations, Latin America and the Caribbean, stated the conference raised the common points of all that has been done between the Arab world and Latin America at the level of renewable energies, this conference also spoke about the obstacles at the level of the legislation and at the level of the financing of the projects of the energies in both regions of the world.

  • CARLAC: Route Between Arab and Latinos held in the Dominican Republic(2010) & Costa Rica in 2011

The idea was great from its conception. It emerged as a result of An almost Informal conversation. Establish a permanent channel of multisectoral cooperation between two worlds, the Latin American and the Arab. The Director of Programs with the Middle East of the Global Democracy & Development Foundation (Funglode), Mustafa Abu Naba’a, offered an interview with LISTÍN DIARIO to explain how the idea came about and what is really being sought with the materialization of the Center for Arab Relations with Latin America and the Caribbean (Carlac)

  • The Cartagena Conference
Mohamed Dekkak with Leonel Fernandez

The outcome of both conferences consisted of important statements reaffirming the commitment of Latin American leaders and civil society organizations to engage in the peace process in the Middle East. The Cartagena Conference was sponsored by Funglode, the Pontifical Universidad Javeriana, and the Universidad del Rosario. The Conference examined the bases for the achievement of greater cooperation and partnership in the academic, cultural and educational fields; economic, commercial, and business development; and institutional development, governance/governance, and promotion of peace.

To this end, the Conference brought together, in an intense dialogue, prominent figures and experts from both regions in the aforementioned areas. Arab and Latin American societies – with their different but relevant experiences – have much to learn from each other, particularly during this period of change in the Arab world and continuous progress in Latin America. The conference sought and managed to focus on building an Arab-Latin American alliance for economic, cultural, and institutional development, and to expand dialogue through the establishment of scenarios that promote deliberate efforts called to positively impact global development.

  • The International Festival of Ibn Battuta

Council of Arab Relations with Latin America and the Caribbean / CARLAC took this step to participate in The International Festival of Ibn Battuta through Conference, deliberating: “The Journey between the Arab World and Latin America and the Caribbean” animated and by the intervention on “Immigration and Integration of Arabs in Mexico, organized by The Mexican Embassy in Morocco at the University of New England. The conference was moderated by Hassan Abdel Rehman. Panelist, Eduardo Stein Barillas, Pedro Antonio Escalante Arce, Sergio Moya Mena, Yahya Yakhlif and Nabil Amr represented CARLAC and Enrique Pareses Frias represented the Embassy of Mexico in Morocco.

Behind the success of the Festival is through the leadership of Mohamed Dekkak, H. President of Ibn Battuta, who is also the Chief Financial Officer and Founding Member of CARLAC.

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