Speech of His Royal Highness Prince Talal Bin Abdul Aziz, President of the Kuala Lumpur Malaysia Peace and blessings,
Arab Gulf Program for Development (AGFUND),
On the occasion of the 11TH Year Award Ceremony
We have the pleasure to be here in Malaysia in this developed nation, a nation that presents a distinctive illustration of success. A state that persist on exploring research around the world, spreading education, creating institutions and educational centers producing an experience that must to be copied by all populations. This is the state that established efficiently, the "Malaysian Print" in development, in democracy and in forgiveness.
A special thanks to To my honorable brother, Datuk Seri Najib Bin Tun Abdul Razak, and to his government for hosting this yearly Ceremony for the AGFUND Prize, dedicated for development. This Ceremony honors this 10th year, winners of the Prize for 2009. The Prize committee announced yesterday, the winning projects for this year subsequent to the evaluation of the jury.
Ladies and gentlemen
Indeed, development and stability are twins. They both unite and consolidate each other. Democracy follows as a result to be the safety regulator in spreading justice and providing guarantees for mature and balanced rules. Developing societies are very much in need of these fundamentals because they need to struggle toward facing the trinity of underdevelopment (poverty, ignorance and the disease), besides the need for facing conflicts. If one of these illnesses hit a nation, it cannot but sweep away with it the other two.
Man, who was honored by God, is not that simple entity where necessities could be merely providing him with food, drink or clothing.
Whereas history had proven that absolute power is completely destructive, and since the achievement of growth requires confronting corruption, consequently, liberating authority of absolute dictatorship, becomes a condition for this widespread development. All this is not applicable, unless we set up a political development that targets the circulation of the culture of democracy to put into practice in our societies. So is development, when associated to the spread of the culture of labor, of invention, of production, of savings and initiative, it should also be accompanied with the increase of the practice of dialogue, acceptance of others and the respect for diversity.
Ladies and gentlemen
Malaysia has offered a luminous pattern, acknowledged by the whole world and by all economic, political and social movements for its outstanding success and distinguished achievements. Malaysia adapted the requirements previously mentioned and came up with a strategically developed outcome that attained innovation and dealt with it consciously. This is a perfect model that could be in general adopted to encourage many other developing societies, in creating and improving their growth strategies. In our opinion, the most significant label for the Malaysian experience, is Modern education that satisfies a society's needs, adapts itself to the labor market, and provides the potential and the right for women to participate and play a role in the improvement of their society.
Malaysia was capable of creating all this, by learning how to adjust to its cultural, religious and ethnic diversity in the society so that all the population has the chance to participate in the nation's construction and promote it to a high rank among other nations.
This experience of successful social diversity was a source of authority and pride to Malaysia. It is by itself, an ideal example to be adopted by Arab and Islamic societies where identical situations of a similar experience in diversity, was a source of conflict that led to separation, hostilities and clash.
We hope that Malaysia continues in its practice based on innovation. We have no doubt about that since we are certain that this country contains plenty of talents and a huge potential that can give pride to any developing nation.
Ladies and gentlemen
Hence, for all the above mentioned reasons, my personal interest in universal development covers a great part of my public occupation dedicated to several institutions, the most distinguished of which is “The Arab Gulf Program for development” AGFUND.
We in Agfund are committed since the early eighties, to plant ideas, principles, and values of development which are real motives that prepared for Malaysia its recovery. We support projects that target children, in particular early childhood development, empowerment of women projects, adoption of the eradication of poverty through the creation of Banks dedicated for the poor, development of the civil society, we also encourage and provide open doors for leading quality education. All this we establish without discrimination or favoritism towards any nation that receives our Program's support.
The AGFUND prize offered yearly was created in the year 1999 after designating the need for development and its role in sustaining principles that build the strategy the Arab Gulf program for development. In addition, we established the efficient techniques accomplished by the Prize in leading experiences of growth in various developing societies.
This Prize was able during the beginning of its second decade, to catch the attention and to be recognized in fields of crucial development and growth issues that constitute the basis of world strategic development, known as "Targets of the Millennium". The topic of our last year Prize was aiming for the establishment of justice, development and democracy and the subject was: "Development of remote and rural communities through information technology and communication".
The Prize committee, composed of prominent international personalities, announced "Empowering youth through entrepreneurship and job opportunities" as theme subject for the year 2011., and AGFUND certainly welcomes the nomination of reputable projects that implement this target.
Finally, I am grateful to you all. We wish to renew our thankfulness and gratitude to both the Government and the People of Malaysia, hopeful that all developing countries can learn from the Malaysian experience.