Mr De Santis met H.E. Mr Nabil Ammar, to discuss the state of Tunisia, the Arab Region, the European Union, and broader issues of International Affairs and Global Governance.
Tunisia has achieved something unique and exemplifying, not only for the country, the region or the Arab world, but for the whole world. Tunisia has given an important lesson of national unity and sets a path that many regions and parts of the world that are currently in trouble should follow”.
said Nicolas De Santis, President of Gold Mercury International.
In December 2010 the fire of the Arab Spring sparked in the Republic of Tunisia. Despite terrorist attacks, Tunisia continues to establish democracy, based on national dialogue and a model of peaceful change.
Embracing the values of freedom, dignity and justice, the country has recently adopted the greatest constitution in its history including many rights for women. Besides, thanks to the successful compromises achieved by the various parties, Tunisia has proved that Islamism and secularism can coexist and even establish a government. As a result, this transition could be defined as a good example of Global Governance, showing that a democratic approach to governance can prevail and work in the Arab world.
Dr Rafik Abdessalem, Former Foreign Minister of Tunisia, visited Gold Mercury to discuss the development and organisation of an international conference that Gold Mercury is organising in Tunisia to discuss the future of the country.
The conference will also discuss key issues such as democracy and Islam, the role of women in the country as well as economic development and investment.
This conference will examine the case of Tunisia (so far), as a successful example of a smooth transition in the region, after promulgating the new constitution. Gold Mercury will also present the Gold Mercury International Award to candidates that played a key role in this transition. This Award Ceremony and Conference is managed at the highest levels of government, business, academia and civil society organisations. Check out the conference’s event page for a more detailed agenda and plans about the event.
Dr Rafik Abdessalem and Gold Mercury President Nicolas De Santis also discussed the recent situation in Tunisia following the Arab Spring and the reconciliatory process used for the development of the new constitution. They also discussed the situation in other Arab spring countries and the Middle East, as well as the upcoming European Union elections. Dr Rafik Abdessalem is the former Minister of Foreign Affairs for Tunisia, under Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali. In London, he founded the Maghreb Centre for Research and Translation, as well as chaired the London Platform for Dialogue. He is also a visiting scholar at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, and has worked as a senior researcher and head of the Research and Studies office at Al Jazeera. He is a member of the ”Ennahda Movement”, and has published 2 books and many articles in Asharq Al-Awsat, an Arabic international newspaper.