The 17th meeting of the Secretaries Generals of the Arab National Commissions for Education, Culture and Science, was opened under the patronage and presence of H.E. Minister of Culture Mr. Gaby Layoun and the Director-General of the Arab Organization for Education, Culture and Science (ALECSO) Dr. Abdallah Hamad Mouhareb, and Mr. Amer Maraachli Secretary General of ALECSO Executive Board and General Conference, the Representative of Lebanon at the Executive Board of the organization Dr. Hicham Nachabe, Advisor of the Egyptian embassy Khaled Anis, and the Director General of the UNESCO Beirut Office t Dr. Hamad Al-Hammami.
The meeting was attended by Secretaries Generals and representatives of various Arab commissions from Jordan, United Arab Emirates, Tunisia, Djibouti, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Somalia, Iraq, Oman, Palestine, Kuwait, Egypt, Morocco, Mauritania and Yemen.
The session was chaired by the Republic of Lebanon, being the host country. Thus, Dr Zahida Darwiche Jabbour, Secretary General of the Lebanese National Commission has been appointed President, and Dr. Ali Mehad Al-Suwaidi, Acting Director General of the UAE Ministry of Education as vice president, Dr. Touria Majdouline Secretary General of the Moroccan National Commission as general rapporteur, with Dr. Ahmad Maamari, General Secretary of the Yemeni National Commission and Mr. Mohammed Bin Salim Al-Yaacoubi, Secretary General of the National Commission of the Sultanate of Oman in the drafting committee.
During the meeting that lasted two days, participants discussed the recommendations drafted at the 16th meeting of the Secretaries Generals of National Commissions, the draft budget and program budget session of 2015-2016, and the reports submitted by the organization on projects implemented or being implemented.
This meeting was an opportunity to strengthen the ties between the Arab Commissions on one hand, and with ALECSO on the other.