PROFESSOR DR. ANTON CARAGEA SPEECH IN FAVOR OF ZIMBABWE-WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2014

May 9, 2014

On the occasion of the General Assembly of the European Council on Tourism and Trade, H.E. Professor Dr. Anton Caragea held a key note speech analyzing the efforts of Lao PDR, former receiver of WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION AWARD FOR 2014 and praising ZIMBABWE the new receiver of the world most important touristic distinction:  WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION.

President Anton Caragea declares Zimbabwe as winner of World Best Tourist Destination Award fro 2014

The full presentation of the speeches and activities held on this occasion can be read here:

Professor Dr. Mircea Constantinescu, Director of European Tourism Academy presented a report on the 2013 Award for the WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION to the People’s Democratic Republic of Laos. He stated that the

Republic of Laos had leveraged the award in accordance with rules and regulations, which proved useful for attracting new tourists and investors.

In 2013, Laos PDR recorded the highest increase in the number of incoming tourists in the world with a staggering 8% increase during the 2013/2014, despite the world economic crisis.

An increase in investment, in the country’s tourism potential and the number of foreign visitors were the positive outcomes of the WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION AWARD for Lao PDR, concluded Professor Dr. Mircea Constantinescu.

Professor Dr. Anton Caragea also praised the outstanding commitment and achievements of Laos tourism in 2013. Laos PDR also boosted its international presence, with European companies and tour operators that advertised sites and trips to Laos PDR increasing from 1.500 to 3.200 in less than a year.

On internet, the number of pages promoting Laos biodiversity and tourism facilities increased from 20 million to more than 50 million, an unrivalled increase in the recent history of tourism marketing on internet.

The 8% growth of the tourism industry, during these times of worldwide economic recession, is also unmatched by any other country, said ECTT President-Professor Dr.Anton Caragea.

On the debate for the WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION AWARD FOR 2014, Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, President of European Council on Tourism and Trade (ECTT) presented a report titled: ZIMBABWE: THE PERFECT AFRICAN DESTINATION; A SEVEN-WONDER DESTINATION IN TOURISM AND CULTURAL POTENTIAL.

He proposed ZIMBABWE as the winner of WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2014 and as receiver of the FAVORITE CULTURAL DESTINATION distinction for 2014.

The report noted that the reasons for awarding WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2014 to ZIMBABWE were the following:

 The excellent organization of the 20th Session of the World Tourism Organization General Assembly from 24-30 August 2013. The world gathering brought together tourism experts from more than 120 countries.

 The successful organizing of this world event, inspite of huge logistic and economic challenges, proves without doubt, the capacity of Zimbabwe Government and the tourism industry’s capacity to organize world level events.

Following a magnificent vision and the organisation of a successful world tourism meeting, ZIMBABWE has unequivocally demonstrated that it is a safe, open and perfect tourism destination.

The support offered to the promotion of Community Based Tourism, which ensures the survival of sustainable tourism, with its with low ecological impact and preservation of natural biodiversity and protection of endangered species in Southern Africa. Community based ecotourism, promoted by Minister Walter Mzembi, is a perfect way of sharing revenue that supports rural communities’ prosperity through opportunities to market their foodstuffs and handicrafts to the world. The way in which eco-tourism has become the base for local economic development, providing benefits to communities, makes eco-friendly tourism the lesson that the REPUBLIC OF ZIMBABWE is offering to the world.

 Giving tourists access to outstanding and pristine nature and the opportunity to explore nature, to contribute to ecological preservation, and the opportunity to visit extraordinary places such as: the unique landscape of Victoria Falls; the National Parks such the Eastern Highlands in Manicaland; the Mana Pools in Mashonaland West; Exfoliated Hills from Matebeland; Chilojo Cliffs in Masvingo and the Matobo Hills near Bulawayo etc. All these regions and national parks, are a model of achieving ecological and green tourism that must be recognized throughout the world.

 The ongoing development and protection of cultural and historical shrines of the Republic of Zimbabwe, the transformation of Harare into a historical and spiritual centre, offering to the visitors a glimpse into rich culture and heritage of peoples of Zimbabwe.

 The preservation of outstanding historical and cultural heritage in the form of the former capital of the Shona Kingdom, the Great Zimbabwe in Masvingo, a fortified palatial complex from the 12th Century, offering a rare insight into one of the greatest pre-colonial civilizations of Africa, and a rare window into centuries old traditions.

 Today, Great Zimbabwe Monument also offers tourists an open air museum with a rare collection of historical and archaeological treasures that educate and enrich the world.

 The preservation of cultural and natural sites of world significance and value such as: Great Zimbabwe National Monument (added to UNESCO list in 1986), Khami Ruins National Monument (added to UNESCO list in 1986), Matobo Hills (added to UNESCO list in 2003), Mana Pools National Park, Sapi and Chewore Safari Areas (added to UNESCO list in 1984), Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls and UNESCO candidate regions as: Ziwa National Monuments dating from the Stone Age period, make destination Zimbabwe to offer an incomparable contribution to the world legacy.

 The REPUBLIC OF ZIMBABWE is today a hot spot for adventure tourism, offering large areas suitable for this special kind of tourism, and the necessary infrastructure to welcome the adventure seeker, its safety and peace, makes the country, one of the world’s top adventure destinations.

 Keeping alive indigenous traditions, allows tourists and visitors to be part of the Zimbabwe people’s social fabric, which offers the possibility for an enriching cultural experience, are all achievements that make the REPUBLIC OF ZIMBABWE a first class destination.

After hearing the report, Senator Ionel Agrigoroaiei, from the Romanian Parliament and Director of European Parliamentary Committee in the European Council on Tourism and Trade expressed the views of all present at the gathering when he declared that the REPUBLIC OF ZIMBABWE is the deserving candidate, with a perfect record of promoting eco-friendly tourism, ecological and socially oriented tourism, and that only a unanimous vote in favor of the REPUBLIC OF ZIMBABWE, could express the unwavering European tourism and economic communities’ support for such a world model.

Mr. Victor Deleanu, ECTT rapporteur also presented a report titled “ZIMBABWE: A HOT SPOT OF ADVENTURE TOURISM” which praised the country for its safety record, infrastructure and hospitality industry’s achievements that make Zimbabwe an attractive destination in Africa.

Mr. Mihai Prundianu, Chairman of the Trade Mission of the ECTT, also highlighted the importance of the moment as the continent celebrated 50 years of African Unity, it is appropriate for Europe to express its commitment to, and appreciation for, Africa by crowning ZIMBABWE THE FAVORITE CULTURAL DESTINATION AND WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2014.

At the end of the debate, European Council on Tourism and Trade decided, unanimously, to award WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2014 TITLE TO REPUBLIC OF ZIMBABWE and to declare REPUBLIC OF ZIMBABWE THE FAVORITE CULTURAL DESTINATION in 2014.

The meeting was also presented with the Official Invitation, from the Ministry of Tourism and Hospitality of the REPUBLIC OF ZIMBABWE, for a delegation of high ranking officials of the European Council on Tourism and Trade, to present the WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION AWARD in Harare, in person, to His Excellency President of REPUBLIC OF ZIMBABWE ROBERT GABRIEL MUGABE, the most outstanding personality in Africa today.

Awarding the highest world tourism prize of the European Council on Tourism and Trade; accepting the invitation for a working visit of high ranking members of European Council on Tourism and Trade to the REPUBLIC OF ZIMBABWE, are all momentous occasions and evidence of the admiration that all tourism experts have for the potential and future of tourism in REPUBLIC OF ZIMBABWE, concluded Professor Anton Caragea, President of the European Council on Tourism and Trade at the end of the meeting.

PRESIDENT OFFICE OF EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND

TRADE (ECTT)

 

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EUROPEAN AWARD FOR DIPLOMATIC ACHIEVEMENTS FOR 2014 ENTRUSTED TO PROFESSOR DR. ANTON CARAGEA

April 27, 2014

On 21 March 2014 Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, President of European Council on Tourism and Trade received on behalf of a European Union delegation of parliamentarians the EUROPEAN AWARD FOR DIPLOMATIC ACHIEVEMENTS FOR 2014.

 

The parliamentarian committee had decided to award him for his key role in promoting European unity, in creating efficient and real democratic oriented organizations that are offering today world models of activity and for his instrumental role in carving a new image of Europe in the world.

 

President Professor Dr. Anton Caragea receives EUROPEAN AWARD FOR DIPLOMATIC ACHIEVEMENTS FOR 2014.

 

The EUROPEAN AWARD FOR DIPLOMATIC ACHIEVEMENTS FOR 2014 comes in recognition of this role in opening dialogue and friendly relations with Central Asian countries like Turkmenistan and Tajikistan, in chairing and supporting election supervision bodies that supervised the democratic electoral process and progress in Kazakhstan parliamentary and presidential elections, in supporting the democratic reform in Syria, in promoting the message of peace and reconciliation of peoples of Europe across the world , in promoting the reform and the democratic process in international bodies such as United Nations, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and supporting the plans for a general confederation between Europe and Asia in the framework of Eurasia Security and Cooperation Plan and to reform the 1975 Helsinki Treaty.

 

In all his actions, the voice of Professor Dr. Anton Caragea supported the direct democracy, the social agenda, the true national development and the freedom of speech and the necessity of engagement with the world area without preconditions, false and covered agenda and imperialist and hegemonic pretentions.

 

The Europe of today owes a great deal of gratitude to Professor Dr. Anton Caragea declared Senator Ionel Agrigoroaei.

 

Other parliamentarians like: Steliana Miron, Florin Constantinescu Constantin Popa, Dan Ionita, Daniel Fenechiu etc. stated that:

 

Professor Dr. Anton Caragea is widely recognized as a main European intellectual and lofty personality that is full heartedly engaged in promoting new concepts of international diplomacy, European unity, world natural areas protection offering by his lofty personality a wise leadership for Europe of today and tomorrow.

 

Professor Dr. Anton Caragea accepted the EUROPEAN AWARD FOR DIPLOMATIC ACHIEVEMENTS FOR 2014 with gratitude and declared that the prize is a sign of confidence on behalf on intellectual and true European believers, People that believes that Europe must not preach, must not threat, must not impose sanctions and consider himself as a power against the people. The Europe of today and of tomorrow must support real and direct democracy, must rebuke the imperialist cover agenda, the exploitation of people and must lead by example and by respecting the main principle’s of international law: respect for suzerainty and territorial integrity, refuses the involvement in internal affairs of independent nations, to relinquish the threat of war or the war as instruments of foreign policy, promoting the mutual respect between nations indifferent to the size or population number, economic or military power all countries have the same rights and obligations. Making the base of diplomacy the mutual respect, bilateral interest, equality among nations and totally refuse the use of human right as a tool for promoting imperialist agenda and horrible crimes against humanity.

 

This are the ideal`s that guided and will guide my activity in the field of diplomacy and international cooperation into the spirit of development and brotherhood among nations and peoples stated Professor Dr. Anton Caragea accepting the diplomatic prize.

 

 

In the last period of time Professor Dr. Anton Caragea received two times the title of MAN OF THE YEAR for United States Biographic Institute, Romanian Senate MEDAL OF HONOR FOR INTERNATIONAL ACHIEVEMENTS and 20 medals and decoration from around the world for his commitment in promoting a new diplomacy for XXI century.


HIS EXCELLENCY PROFESSOR DR. ANTON CARAGEA WILL ATTEND 11 DODA INTERFAITH CONFERENCE

March 23, 2014

THE ROLE OF EDUCATION IN THE DYNAMIC AND EFFICIENCY OF YOUTH PARTICIPATION IN INTERFAITH DIALOGUE.

Professor Dr. Anton Caragea MA, FINS, EDA

 

Summary: The youth presence in inter-faith dialogue is a reflection of the growing role and influence of younger generation in world affairs. Sociological date is conveying a clear picture of the increasing role of young generation in economical, cultural and political transformation across the globe.

This increasing role and responsibility of youth must also be reflected in the presence of the younger generation in the religious debate and especially in the role of religion as a peace building tool.

The young generation can carve for herself a powerful role in inter-faith dialogue based on the necessity of activism, preeminent role of new media powered by internet and technology and the role of education and formative process in fostering the efficiency of inter-faith dialogue.

The dynamic of youth presence in decision making process. 

The role of youth in the world affairs is increasing as the dynamic of population and the share of the youth in the world economy, social and politics affairs is increasing.

According to United Nations Population Division-Department of Economic and Social Affairs  youth shear of population will encompass an unparalleled  growth from 26% percent ( July 2013) to 38% percent by 2050 and in total the segment of the young population ( bellow 44 according to UN statistics) will grow to around 72% percent of world population.

This social dynamic will insure that by 2050, the driving force of the economic, social and cultural affairs of the world will be the youth population.

This transition from a majority of the world population appertaining to the 45-to 64 years of age generation to a majority appertaining to the 15 to 44 years of age, will be the driving force for changes in economic, social and political structure of the world.

The economic and social data are compelling a convincing case towards an increase stake in the world affairs dedicated to the young population and the philosophical and historical research had started to take under consideration this new role of young generation.

The educational experts are unanimously appreciating that, the period from 15 to 44 years of age is the period of educational development, of information accumulation and on the building and consolidation of the memory and decision making process and the sentiments etc. impending on the life status.

This period of life is instrumental in creating and shaping the role and position of individual in the social mechanism and role play in society.

Taking under consideration the social and economic impact of the generational power shifting, we must to carve a place and a role for youth in the interfaith dialogue not only as a subject of the interfaith dialogue, but also as a actor and a  power broker in the future of interfaith dialogue.

Youth and religion: sociological aspects.

Before we extend our research on the role and traditional view of the youth in the interfaith dialogue, will be useful to analyze the sociological data`s available on the role of young generation in understanding and forming personal religious values.

As the fallowing charts are exploring, indifferent to the regions of the world, economic disparities and religious denomination we are experiencing an area of common factors:

Reading sacred texts

Outside of attending religious services, about how often do you read the Bible, Koran, Torah, or other sacred book? (Baylor Religion Survey, Wave 2, 2007)


Reading Sacred Texts (Baylor Religion Survey, Wave 2, 2007)

About how often do you pray? (General Social Survey 2010 Cross-Section and Panel Combined)


Frequency of prayer (General Social Survey 2010 Cross-Section and Panel Combined)

–         The ever increasing number of persons that are declaring themselves as religious persons, but are not reading the sacred texts of their religion etc. As the statistic are illustrating , almost 41% percents of them are not reading their fundamentals texts.                                                                                           This phenomena is captured and in other statistics that are also emphasizing on the poor understanding of the sacred texts, of the lack of historical and linguistic context of the sacred texts analysis and the insufficient educational background of their own religion.

The most dramatic, is the discrepancy between the religious feeling and living the religion as a part of everyday life and the accuracy of theological knowledge.    This gap between a sentimental approach to religion and a knowledge based approach to the religion fundamental texts is the most dangerous phenomenon of our days.

As the US researcher David Little observes: ″ This can lead to inflexibility and intolerance in the face of other beliefs. After all, if it is the word of God, how can one compromise it? At the same time, scripture and dogma are often vague and open to interpretation. Therefore, conflict can arise over whose interpretation is the correct one, a conflict that ultimately cannot be solved because there is no arbiter. The winner generally is the interpretation that attracts the most followers. However, those followers must also be motivated to action. Although, almost invariably, the majority of any faith hold moderate views, they are often more complacent, whereas extremists are motivated to bring their interpretation of God’s will to fruition″[1].

The liberal and the positive view on religion, cannot exist without the proper knowledge of the religious text, of the historical background of the ways to interpret the religious message and in the absence of a strong cultural base.

Taking under consideration these factors, we cannot separate the analyses of the role of young generation in the interfaith dialogue from the cultural and educational base of the religious education.

This is equally essential to the Christianity, Islam and Hebrew faith`s, al the three monotheistic religions of the world and I will like to emphasize also the special view of the Islamic world on education as the scholar Abdul Hamid Abu Sulayman noted in his essay, Culture, Science and Technology: How to respond to contemporary Changes:″ Umma was build on the bases of tawhid and istikhlaf-the search of knowledge and the personal and community responsibility″ [2]   Christianity by the authoritative voices of Saint Toma D`Aquino and St. Francis of Assisi and Judaism by the voice of Moses ben Maimon-Maimonde, also advocated on education and sciences as the necessary director and chaperones of a true faith.

The role of education in promoting inter-faith dialogue.

As we can see, there is a general consensus in all the monotheistic religions upon the role of education in building, not only a correct understanding of one’s religion but also to foster the inter-faith dialogue.

A dialogue, in absence of education and culture, will never bear any fruits on the religious dilemmas.

As such we have to be aware that, especially in the case of religious education an important responsibility is incumbent on the family role in promoting the values of the true religious.

As many researchers have underlined the bases of religious fundamental core values are instilled in the early years of education under family supervision[3].

For this we have to create a family environment inclusive and directing the education of religious feeling and information`s, towards a comprehensive and open view on religion based on tolerance, acceptance of the other, acceptance of the right to his own faith and beliefs.

A family education, inducing of these values, will be in the future the first and foremost bulwark against extremism and radical view of religion.

More recent works, held under United States Institute of Peace banner ( under US Senate control) had emphasize on the importance of education patterns, laid out by educational authorities in all the country`s in creating a  special type of personality for their future citizens.

As such, many countries are emphasizing on the obedience of their citizens, on discrimination and reduced information curricula and avoid developing traits of character such as self-decision process making, initiative spirit, freedom in attitude and responsibility.

These schemes of education are known in educational psychology as authoritative personalities, more prone to be influenced by the fundamentalism, more inclined to radicalism and non-acceptance of the others[4].

The issues of education in the family, in the private area of the individual life but also on the public, official education, are intricately bond together in the necessity of building a young generation capable to confront the challenges of XXI century with an independent, educated, open-minded person, filled with initiative and resilience and capable to resist the call of the fundamentalism as an easy way out and an expediency.

In educating this young part of the society, the inter-faith dialogue could take a center stage, as no subject is more difficult, more sensitive but also more important for the future adult as the role of religion in one’s life.

In order to achieve a meaningful inter-religious related education, the experts are unanimous in emphasizing the importance of the main elements of religious education as such: teacher ( essential in conveying the message, selecting the topic and transmitting not only information`s related to inter-faith dialogue but also sentiments and attitudes), textbook ( the necessity is to create special textbooks related to inter-faith dialogue and composed by relevant information`s about monotheistic  religions, promoting dialogue and creating relevant base of educational fragments of religious texts promoting common dialogue)  and students ( they must not be regarded solely as passive receptors of informational and educational guidelines, but as creators of content related to inter-faith dialogue.)

The most recent studies[5] shows conclusive that students and participants in inter-faith dialogue can have valuable experience to share in order to crystallize a better understanding of inter faith dialogue.

Other researchers and sociological studies are emphasizing the necessity, not only to have the right environment for inter-faith dialogue, the right promoters and the perfect textbooks, but also to keep in mind the context and the desired outcomes of inter-faith dialogue.

The first two decades of inter-faith dialogue, in 1990 and 2000, did not produced many positive outcomes, because they did not proposed a specific agenda after the informational and educational presentation of inter faith dialogue benefits.

Today, in a conflict driven world, the key role of inter-faith dialogue in producing peace and better understanding in international relations, but also in internal affairs of communities and countries all around the world is widely accepted.

In order to maximize the utility of education and inter-faith dialogue, we must encompass the fallowing themes in our scheme of inter-religious dialogue:

– promoting multiple identities and enhancing the inter-faith dialogue.                  The psychological analyses on inter faith dialogue are conclusive in promoting the idea that : the best way to confront radicalism and isolation is to assume the multiple identity, not only as a member of a religion, but also as a member of a nation, of a social group, of an ethnic message.

This vision of a multi-layered person is essential in promoting mutual understanding.

– regarding young people as a part of the solutions to address the issues of inter-faith dialogue and not only an amorphous part of educational process.

– promoting respects and diversity and sharing experiences and useful good practices in inter-faith dialogue[6]

– carving active roles for participants in inter-faith dialogue based on assuming responsibilities, in creating practitioner`s themes and in getting involved in solving faith driven conflicts.

Inter-faith dialogue must not remain a sterile discussion or an intellectual fashion, but must be used as a creator of educational and character transformation and as a ferment for an active and problem solving oriented society.

– Creating mechanism`s to evaluate and to decide what is working in inter-faith dialogue and shares this good practice guide as base for foster future initiatives in this field.

The main theme of and efficient inter-faith dialogue structured on the educational values must be center on:

  1. Knowing and understanding The Other, as a part of the society, as a part of the existence and as a part of the dialogue.
  2. Understanding the structure of the inter-faith dialogue. This special kind of dialogue is not based on a winner-looser situation and is not concluded by obtaining a conversion to the others ideas, but is a win-win situation, based on educational enrichment and on accepting the difference.
  3. Fighting the stereotypes of the cultural and religious idiosyncrasy and the tradition and even the historical conceptions or fabricated myths in order to have a clear idea about the partner in dialogue and about your own values and ideas.
  4. Understanding vs. tolerance. Another misconception of the bases of inter-faith dialogue is the fact that the main issue must be tolerance as an outcome. Tolerance is only a first step of many, on the road to acceptance and understanding The Other in his true nature. Tolerance is not the end game of inter-faith dialogue it is just the beginning of the dialogue.
  5. Recent researchers are shading a signal of alarm, regarding the understanding of interfaith dialogue as a part of exotic and not authenticity. Inter-faith dialogue is based on the creeds of millions and is not an exotique display of one’s idea, or rites or cloth`s, but is based on reality and on the mutual understanding.

The main sentiment, that is a part of a true inter-faith dialogue, is the defeat of Manichaeism vision about the world and one`s religion, the end of the partition of the world in good and bad, in right and wrongs.

 

Main tasks and advantages of youth presence in inter-faith dialogue 

In order to foster and promote the positive role of youth in inter-faith dialogue, we have to take under consideration the fallowing opportunities and key aspects of establishing a large and inclusive and result oriented inter-religions dialogue.

–         The main task in youth driven dialogue must be to develop programs for interfaith reading of sacred texts in order to educate, inform, and deepen understanding of one another.

–         Keeping in mind the active role that young generation must play in inter-faith dialogue a special attention must be paid for creating task forces of activists that are creating an inclusive environment for peaceful coexistence. This can be more effectively advanced by having activists in the three communities develop a common agenda for the future in order to facilitate commitments across lines and divisions of religions.

–         In order to achieve an efficient and coherent action of such young powered inter-faith dialogue practitioner`s teams strenuous activities should be made to develop explanatory teaching materials about the three monotheistic traditions in order to be used in various levels in the educational structure and also for a special inter-faith courses. For special educational materials will be recommended an anthology on the three Monotheistic-Abrahamic traditions to be used for inter-faith promoters. In addition, courses need to be developed on Monotheistic peacemaking, teaching how the three faith traditions understand and promote peace.

–         Especially it will be useful to capitalize on the educational role of learning by doing and to create young inter-faith practitioner and promotion teams composed of representatives from the three faith traditions in order to intervene in situations of inter-faith driven conflict and tension.

–         In conflict turn area, or in role play assessment we need to develop shared mourning processes surrounding death, destruction, and injustice, particularly in relation to terrorism and acts of governmental oppression.

–         As youth learning experience is driven by sentiments and affective memory a special place must be created for a process that is encompass and promote acts that express repentance and facilitate reconciliation and mutual forgiveness.

–         It is essential to understand that the religious dialogue must also address the economic, cultural and political agenda that is fostering the conflict. Young generation is interested also in building a positive and realistic agenda addressing and the non-religious issues of any conflict.

–         Introducing in young diplomats training the manuals and information`s regarding to the role and powerful place that religious inter-faith dialogue promoters and peace builders can play in the promotion of peace and reconciliation by dialogue.

–         The role of new media’s such as: blogs, websites, and newsletters, e-mail campaigns etc. is instrumental in order to promote the main themes of inter-faith dialogue and to foster the role of religion in peace building and the actions and ideas of religious extremists that are generating interfaith fear and hostility[7] etc.

Conclusions:

The youth presence in the inter-faith dialogue must be fostered and sponsored in as thus process can offer a large area of opportunities.

The largest and more productive presence of youth in inter-faith dialogue is a necessary response to the demographic and political changes that are imposing the young generation as an even more important decisional factor in world affairs that it have ever was.

The dynamic and result oriented role of young generation is also essential in achieving faster and more clear results via constructing teams of practitioner`s in inter-faith dialogue and promoters of such type of dialogue.

The role of new media are also carving a space for young generation to have a more active role in promoting dialogue and information related to peace building based on inter-faith dialogue.


[1] David Little, “Belief, Ethnicity, and Nationalismhttp://www.usip.org/religionpeace/rehr/belethnat.html.

[2] Abdul Hamid Abu Sulayman, Culture, Science and Technology: How to respond to contemporary changes, American Journal of Islamic Social science 19, no.3, 2002, pag.79

[3] An interesting view on education and inter-faith dialogue can be observed in the article by Interfaith Dialogue and Religious Education by Zainal Abidin Bagir, Center for Religious and Cross Cultural Studies, Graduate School, Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia available at http://erb.unaoc.org/images/JournalArticles/bagir.pdf

[4] Cruelty and Kindness: A New Look at Aggression and Altruism by Harvey A. Hornstein: Authoritarians – which would be extreme Parent-dominated types. One major defect? These people almost automatically discriminate between people – and reject those they consider as unworthy or not on their level, morally or in other ways. To these people: “Not all humans are created equal”(pag.40).

[5] See Sonia Nieto, Affirming Diversity–The Sociopolitical Context of Multicultural Education, 2000, 5th Ed. New York: Allyn & Bacon

[6] For example the Australian authorities announced that are creating a manual listing the good experiences in inter-faith dialogue at community level in Australia.

[7] More information on this issue and the practice side of implementing youth driven programs in the area of inter-faith dialogue could be obtain by reading the latest article of United States Institute of Peace editorial board regarding: USIP Running ‘PeaceTech Camps’ in Iraq at http://www.usip.org/publications/usip-running-peacetech-camps-in-iraq


UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: A FORCE OF PEACE AND EQUILIBRIUM IN THE MIDDLE EAST

December 11, 2013

In 2013, United Arab Emirates celebrated in pomp, ceremony and joy the 42 anniversary of National Day.

Forty-two is in the life of men`s a time of reflection and decisions, in time of nations is barely a time of beginnings. United Arab Emirates are having a lot to appreciate and to be proud off in all this short span of time.

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Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al Nahyan: the founding father of United Arab Emirates

 

In 1968, when the British empire was living his last hours in the region, the vision of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al Nahyan was to create a state of equilibrium and a force of moderation in the Arabic Gulf area. Squeezed between the emerging power of Shah`s Iran and of Saudi Arabian Kingdom, the small Gulf states could only envisage a future of moderation and balancing in order to survive.

Today, this policy of moderation and equilibrium carved out by the funding father of UAE-Sheikh Zayed and continued by his successor Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed is reaching a peach of recognition and appreciation worldwide and also is receiving  international plaudit`s as a pillar of security and development in the area.

 

UAE: THE FORCE OF MODERATION AND THE MODERATION OF FORCE.

In 1971, when the flag of United Arab Emirates reach out for the first time to the sky, the country inaugurated what will be a long tradition of moderating tension and avoiding confrontation, in an area where neither one or the other is lacking. United Arab Emirates inaugurated their presence on international stage by repulsing Iran attempts to take advantage of the British withdrawal and saving the region from an all-out conflict.

This policy of negotiation and appeasement re-surfaced during Iran-Iraq war, when United Arab Emirates wise and calibrated policies assured the continuing flow of oil by the straits of Hormuz and avoided regional escalation. The support for Kuwait independence in 1990 and the moderation policy in all the tensions of the areas had gained recognition for the country as a force of stability and continuity in foreign policy of the troubled region.

As UAE Foreign Minister stated to the United Nations, the driving force of UAE foreign commitment is build upon “the principles of peaceful coexistence, peaceful resolution of the international disputes and non-interference in the internal affairs of other states”.

These principles insured a high standing of United Arab Emirates in the world and also in the Arab region, during the so called Arab spring.

United Arab Emirates straightforward policy of rejecting internal interference, of supporting human rights and rejecting support for terrorism, had enshrined the name of United Arab Emirates in the heart of every Arab, as a country of stability and order.

A country that is building and not destroying, a country that is protecting and not killing hopes and peoples.

The lesson of United Arab Emirates, that knows how to moderate his force by obeying to the international norms is a golden lesson that makes today UAE a beacon of hope in a troubled region.

UAE: A FORCE FOR HUMANITY.

The Arab convulsions left in tatters a huge region, from North of Africa to the Middle east and millions of people refuges, displaced or victim of hunger in their own countries.

In a time of insecurity and predicament, the United Arab Emirates shared their influence and power to alleviate sufferance`s   across the region.

Hundreds of millions of dollars where directed to the refugees camps in Jordan or Lebanon, in one camp alone 20.000 peoples are regularly protected and all their needs meet by the help of United Arab Emirates.

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Lorries loaded with humanitarian aid for Syrian refugees

 

In the troubled hit Egypt, UAE had poured 4.9 USD billion to support economic recovery and to insure the road to economic stability as a precondition for political equilibrium.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, had clearly marked this generous help is conditioned by “a policy of peace, security, tolerance and love” that will insure stability in the country and the world.

The same helping hands can be seen  across the Palestine territory,  supporting the legitimate right of Palestinian state in 1967 borders and Al Quds al Sharif ( Jerusalem) as his capital.

From Pakistan and India to Nepal and Kenya, Morocco and Guinea, UAE is sponsoring projects of education, irrigation, poverty eradication and promoting equality of chances and development of rural communities in celebrated initiatives as: Dress One Million Needy Children, a project destined to provide clothing to one million poor children across the world.

By the size of his humanitarian projects sponsored across the world, related to the population and surface UAE ranks the second in the world in front of countries like United States, Japan or Italy etc.

The most recent disaster stricken country, Philippines, received on the spot 10 million’s dollars to help the authorities cope with the humanitarian crisis.

This long track record of assistance  and donor capacities made Sheikh Khalifa to describe his country as “a state of giving, pace and security”.

Presedintele UAE – H.H. SHEIKH KHALIFA BIN ZAYED AL NAHYAN

Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al Nahyan-UAE President wants to create a state of peace, security and generosity

 

UAE: OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL

The positive force of UAE is not only reaching far and wide, but is starting from the home build miracle.

In the last two decades United Arab Emirates had succeeded to build a promised land for more than 200 nationalities and developed his economy by a staggering 200 times, comparing with the independence year-1971.

This powerful economic development is shared also with  the communities of expats and foreign workers, that contributed to this economic miracle , most recent a three year plan, envisage to spend 36 USD billion to improve health, educational and material conditions of working force in UAE.

All this having as a goal, to create a society that is “a paradise for citizens and foreigners alike, that are living in peace in a tolerant community and free from segregation and injustice.”

The economic development of UAE is not only building his capacity as a donor for  humanitarian projects, but is also insuring his capacity to develop economic project`s around the world.

Solar powered plants are build today in Mauritania and Morocco, solar technologies are having a hub in the Masdar Institute of Technology and Masdar City and environmental projects are providing a life worth living for millions around the world.

All regional economies are benefiting from continuous economic miracle build by the emirates. This force of reaching and affecting the life`s of everyone gets a new confirmation in the crushing vote in supporting Dubai as host of World Expo 2020.

From Romania in Central Europe to United States in American continent and Arab and African countries, everyone has supported   Dubai role as a hub for new technologies, tourism, and economic development and as center of the new Silk Road, connecting China-Europe and South America via Africa.

After being declared World Best Tourist Destination in 2008, now as a host of World Expo 2020 United Arab Emirates are having a new opportunity to create the future by connecting minds, as the logo of the new world exhibition is proclaiming.

Masdar City of Energy

Masdar City-an area of clean , solar energy.

 

LESSONS FROM UAE.

What are the lessons of all this 42 years of this emotion full adventure, that we call United Arab Emirates?

Off course, economists, politicians and cultural experts will draw many conclusion for how to make a nation building, but I will settled for two major conclusion.

The force of UAE is projecting is the force of moderation , a powerful and rich country that is not using his influence in fostering conflicts and confrontation but in building nations, supporting humanitarian causes and promoting world unity and cooperation.

Second is the success of the model of inclusiveness.

UAE did not build walls of segregation`s and created an economic miracle for citizens and foreigners alike, a society constructed on solidarity will survive, one build on separation will succumb, this is the lesson that UAE is teaching the world.

Witnessing the 42 anniversary of UAE you might be in awe from the tall Burj Khalifa, or admire the economic productivity of Dubai World or to be inspired by the Dubai winning bid for World Expo 2020, but what I found most inspiring was the multitude of people, coming from all the corners of the world, wearing the T-shirts or signs of funding fathers of UAE in a sign of gratitude for the country that targets to be a paradise for all: United Arab Emirates.


PROFESSOR DR. ANTON CARAGEA PRESENTS ECOLOGICAL CIVILIZATION CONCEPT DURING BAKU 3RD INTERNATIONAL HUMANITARIAN FORUM

November 6, 2013

ECOLOGICAL CIVILIZATION: THE GOAL OF MANKIND IN XXI CENTURY

In his allocution, Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, underlined the fact that the only cure for world economic crisis is a global debate, that will replace the philosophical fundaments of XVIII century, with the imperatives of XXI century: an ecological civilization, relinquishing the capitalist economic paradigm and replacing it with sustainable development and ousting profit as the symbol of global economic assessment and replacing it by social utility.

 

In the last period of time, a new concept had arise in the framework of international policy and of environmental action: the idea of an ecological civilization, understood as a complex economic, cultural and social structure that is insuring the future of global and sustainable development,  in accordance with the laws and necessities of nature.

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Professor Dr. Anton Caragea presents the manifesto for XXI century world during: BAKU INTERNATIONAL HUMANITARIAN FORUM 2013

In today world the emphasis must be on building a new society structure, based on the values of ecological civilization.

From a historical point of view, we can appreciate that we are leaving a turning point in the development of human society.

This moment can be only compared with the end of medieval age and the beginning of the industrial and modern period of human society, a period that involved a profound transformation in society, politics and economy.

Today we are living a similar period of world crisis and transformation.

This is involving a tremendous economic crisis, spanning now for more that six years, a crisis that it will continue for at least five to ten more years and is re-shaping economic climate, business environment and is creating poverty, inflation and promoting striking inequality and exploitation all around the world.

Present day economic crisis, is proving that the XVII century economic model of capitalist and profit based economy is exhausted and is not creating wealth and prosperity but poverty, underdevelopment and crisis on a world scale .

The crisis that we are experience now is deeper than just the economic factor  it is also rapidly becoming an environmental disaster at planetary scale.

The economic and civilization model in use today in the western world, becomes unsustainable: the resources are depleting in a rhythm unknown in history, the pollution is exacerbating and the economic cost of the environmental changes and climate changes is unfathomable.

Confronted by the failure of today economic system (based on inequality, quagmire poverty, the abnormal cost of consumer based society etc.) and the natural patrimony destruction by exploitation and pollution, all factors converge to make this model un-economic, un-ethical and un-sustainable.

The consumerist based society and vision of a future, in which we can spend and destroy everything for the sake of profit, is based on a failed policy and vision that is undermining the future of human society.

The economic crisis has broken down from the rostrum of philosophical ideas the concept of eternal development and never ending consumerism.

The ecological crisis is spelling clearly the end of another dream (of inexhaustible natural resources and non-value of nature) and is emphasizing the fact that: the collapse of the present civilization model is putting under question the future of human specie.

I must also emphasize that by today the ecological crisis is rapidly becoming an emergency in tackling, because of the high risk involved in the environmental damage and the resources exhausting.

Solving this issues: safeguarding the resources and the environment becomes economically inefficient and unsustainable for today civilization model based solely on profit as supreme value.

Converting human society towards an ecological civilization is therefore logical and necessary in order to adapt the XXI century society to the challenges and transformations of our time.

The philosophical solutions of XVII century are no longer feasible in today economic and political climate.

As any new concept, the theory of an ecological civilization is yet to be properly determined, but there are some key issues that need to be analyzed:

Heydar Aliyev Center

Heydar Aliyev Center: the gathering place for world elite at Baku International Humanitarian Forum 2013

 

Ecological civilization: a national goal or an international target?

More and more country’s are starting adopting and pioneering the concept of Ecological civilization (in 2007 Communist Party of China leader –Hu Jintao even press for adopting ecological civilization as a national objective in Peoples Republic of China and present day President Xi Jinping ask United Nations to register this concept along sustainable development ) we must draw a fine line between the implementation of the concept of Ecological Civilization (E.C) in the national economy and development plans and adopting as an international target.

Already United Nations Development Program adopted Chinese report on China Sustainable Development Report 2013 – the road to ecological civilization: the next decade, as an UNDP international document and started elaborating future policies on this document.

From this first steps is starting the first necessity in elaborating and implementing the concept of Ecological Civilization.

To this extent we can use the road map, already drafted for Millennium Development Goals and start incorporating the basic principles of ecological civilization into national documents in the same time as elaborating them as international documents.

We must clearly state that: all thou the national actor’s role in implementing Ecological civilization on a world scale is prominent, solely promoting the inclusion into national agenda will not suffice.

Only accepting Ecological Civilization as a long term, mandatory goal of the international community can offer chances to success in implementing this society model on a world scale.

 

The role of diplomacy in promoting ecological civilization concept.

 The promotion and international presentation of the ecological civilization paradigm is a task that can be entrusted to international diplomacy.

In order to rapidly foster the dialogue and the acceptance of the concept of ecological civilization (E.C.) this must be amalgamated as an index (similar to human development index) in ranking countries international stature and success.

All the countries must be evaluated in their contribution in implementing the E.C. model in their economy and society and also in appraising their role in attaining this aim on international level.

Ecological Civilization must be introduced  as a part of international law by becoming part of the international treaty system, being a starting point for regional, trans-national and global and continental cooperation ( and also used in bilateral agreements between national and international company, NGO and cultural entities etc.-on the framework of cooperation carved for Millennium Development  Goals ).

In 1997, United States proposed a Forum of Democracy, in promoting the values of indirect democracy world wide.

This initiative has failed in the mean time as indirect democracy is considered inadequate by more and more countries, but the idea must not be forfeit.

A similar Forum for Ecological Civilization, used by the nations and institution that understand their global responsibility, can be used to foster connection and promote the practical measures to achieve the goal of ecological civilization.

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The international assistance budgets must be converted in budgets for ecological civilization development.

Instead of being awarded and placed for political agenda issues, on debatable criteria, there must be used solely for projects that are in conformity with sustainable development criteria and agenda.

The contribution of all nations to international peace and security and development must be based on the contribution to promote an ecological friendly civilization.

This also must be based on the contribution of United Nation and their relief and specialized agencies and also of economic world entities (such International Monetary Fund and World Bank) in implementing ecological civilization specific agendas.

Initiating a global and world wide level debate it is another urgency . This debate will be centered on economical agents and on the necessity of promoting the agenda of ecological civilization as the only rational and economic sound investment, based on concepts like: green economy, sustainable profit and updating economical mechanisms to the provocation of XXI century environmental cost.

Building an ecological civilization involves a change in the economic society matrix that has proven to be unreliable and inefficient and unproductive.

Today economic matrix ( that is disregarding the long term impact on environment) has proven to be inefficient, cost-ineffective and promoting under-development on a world level and promoting inequity and inequality between  nations, regions and economical classes , creating un-sound disparities and provoking havoc in economy and world environment.

This situation must mark clearly that the ecological civilization is not a trend or an intellectual fashion, but must evolve in being a society model responsive to the necessities of XXI century.

 Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, MA, FINS, EDA


UNDERSTANDING SHINZO ABE ECONOMIC POLICY BY PROFESSOR DR.ANTON CARAGEA, MA, FINS,EDA

September 21, 2013

Dr. Anton Caragea had draft an analysis of the policies implemented by Japanese Prime Minister-Shinzo Abe in the last year of government and is presenting the main figures of what is called today as abenomics. 

Profesor Dr.Anton Caragea si Ambasador Keiji Yamamoto-web

Just two years ago the key words about Japan where summarized in the expression: lost decades. After 1990, Japan seems to be fallen in along period marked by stagnation and by natural disasters such as Kobe earthquake and more recent Fukushima tsunami.

On economic field, the country that once towered over the region as an international symbol of economic growth in the sixties and seventies, was struggling now with hipper-inflation, reduced economic competitiveness and the unfair competition of cheep and low quality products of China.

The man who succeeded in pulling up the country from tittering on the brink of the abyss: Shinzo Abe had managed also to enrich the economic vocabulary with a new term: abenomics (a strange mingling of his name-Abe and economics).

What is abenomics?          

The economic policy that allowed a new Japanese economic miracle to appear was created by a seasoned and sophisticated mixture of direct state investment in economy and indirect state buying of Japanese National Bank bonds, a move that allowed for the credit to be cheaper and more relaxed and for interest rates to decrease.

This infusion of capital was not planed as a sole engine for economic growth  but was planed to aid and support private investment as the key factor in economic development.

State sponsored investment is just an auxiliary, a support and confidence booster in economic growth and an ingredient to further increase private confidence in economy.

Another key element of the economic stimulus plan is offered by the increase in competitiveness of the Japanese products by means of financial support, including currency devaluation that is insuring that national products are cheaper and more attractive and by fiscally backing increases in competitiveness.

Finally, what is making Japanese prime minister plan different is the accent on fighting the inflation and keeping it under control.

As a golden rule, any stimulus package must bear the responsibility of an increase in inflation. Is not the case with Japan where abenomics is creating a serious anti-inflation package with controlling the spike in wages, strict taxation and export oriented growth rather that stimulus of internal consumption.

All are specific measures that are making abenomics a balanced experience between growth and inflation, competitiveness and exports etc. Finally, another trait of the abenomics that deserves our attention is the social management plan.

The pension system, social security and health systems are all regarded as pivots of the economic growth but also of national satisfaction.

Proceeding by this path the Abe government is not falling down the easy road of electoral charity, as done in United States or Europe, but is opting for investing the economic surplus in indirect social expenses that are enriching life quality without inflation as a side effect.

A new inspired decision!

Abenomics-an international model?  

Once the first results of abenomics are becoming visible. the plan enjoyed a star status, many economists are predicting a role model for these economic policies, famous economic thinkers as Joseph Stiglitz, risking the prophecy that abenomics will be a successful blue print for world economy.

The general interest was also attracted by the elevation of economic situation at the level of national security agenda.

It is in this decision a message of seriousness and maximum attention that Shinzo Abe government is portraying as a supplementary strong point of the Japanese economy in front of the national and international private investors.

The status of national economy becomes as such an element of national security and your investments are sure, is the subliminal message that Japan is offering to the investment market as a new powerful arguments in his favour.

Undoubtedly, the news of the hay days of Japanese economy is a good news for world economy already deeply endangered by the collapse of Chinese economy.

The abenomics can be only used by the country which already has build a powerful economic apparatus, with a developed industrial mechanism like European Union members states or American economy, as we are confronted with an economic experience that is focused on refining the economic decisions in preventing inflation and insuring a healthy and stable economic development after the current world economic crisis.

As such the abenomics model must be understood and copied by the world economic powers in order to allow a solution to emerge out of this world economic crisis.

By this alone the abenomics can be the most valuable contribution that Japan is presenting in re-launching the world economy development and by extracting the world out of this auto-regenerating crisis.

Today, thanks to abenomics, Japan can rest assured as his role model in world economic recovery is guaranteed.


LAOS-SIMPLY BEAUTIFUL- BECOMES WORLD`S BEST TOURIST DESTINATION

May 14, 2013

SPEECH BY H.E. PROFESSOR DR. ANTON CARAGEA-PRESIDENT OF EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 9 May 2013

Your Excellency Mr. Prime Minister of Peoples Democratic Republic of Lao,

Your Excellency`s distinguish members of Government of Peoples Democratic Republic of Lao

Distinguish guests ,

Dialogue between Prof.Caragea and Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong-web

We have all gather here to pay homage to an idea and to a country that embodies this idea.

The idea is encompass in the simple truth that: in XXI century tourism has become a bridge towards  knowledge and friendship between peoples and countries , a way to promote peace and understanding , a road that leads towards a better future.

We have also gather here to express our appreciation for a country and a people  that will embody in 2013 this triumphant spirit of tourism: the people of Lao.

I must re-emphasize that: tourism is in the XXI century, not only a way to enjoy life, to discover new places, new cultures but also a mass phenomenon that combines sightseeing, recreation and health care.

Tourism has become, in the world today, an intrinsic value of human life and experience and what I like to call a natural right of all people: the right to move freely, to express freely and to enjoy a life of adventure and discoveries.

Undoubtedly, for a country tourism is a constant and serious source of revenue, is becoming an important factor to promote development, to build roads, to offer to people a source of income and employment, a source of prosperity.

But, material significance of tourism must not elapse the true value of tourism: as a  way for people`s to build bridges of friendship and tolerance , to discover different cultures, ideas and way`s of life, to embrace the beauty of being different .

We must also clearly mark that: tourism must be based on a set of values such as nature preservation, cultural and historical patrimony conservation for future generation and exactly for this need we have carved WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION AWARD  as an international recognition for the country`s that are respecting this values .

Dialogue between Prof.Caragea and Professor Bosengkham Vongdara-web

I must say what a privilege is for our delegation  to honor a country that is becoming a WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION.

It is also a great pleasure to address our salute to the great people of  Lao, a people that had build throughout centuries a perfect civilization, with hundreds of monuments of historical and civilization relevance ,a people that had offered to humanity countless riches: from religious temple and scriptures to literary texts and historical writings .

Today, Lao had become a cultural and touristic world power and the main credit belongs, without a doubt, to the great people of Laos, that from 1975 onwards is constructing a life of dignity, liberty and tolerance in a free country.

Today, in a world that rarely accepts and tolerates difference, we come to honor a country of TOLERANCE, in a world crowded with pseudo-culture, without a form and substance ,  we come today to honor a TRUE CULTURE , in a world that is loosing the true values, we come today the honor a real  TOURISTIC VALUE, in a time in which to many speak and do not act for historical sites  preservation , we come to honor a PARADISE OF HISTORY , we come to honor the People`s Democratic Republic of LAO .

Here, we have all gather to show our support for the  values of  humanity, of educational and cultural tourism . We are all here in the search for a country that offer to tourists a complete experience , a country that educates spirit, elevates soul and gives everybody a lesson in history and culture.

We all have found in LAO the perfect teacher in tourism, offering to all the tourist`s of the world the possibility of a safe, pleasurable and enlightening tourist experience.

Among the reasons leading to awarding WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2013 title to PEOPLE`S DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF LAOS our report had taken under consideration:

–  The preservation of an outstanding historical and cultural patrimony that comprises wonderful sites such as: Wat Phu- a UNESCO World Heritage Site from 12th century, the remarkable site from Plain of Jars, offering an insight into Neolithic civilization and a rare window into traditions of centuries.

A name that needs no introduction:  the UNESCO heritage site of Luang Prabang, with the gems of Haw Kham and Vat Xieng Toung monastery.

I could continue for hours this list of treasures, but I will enumerate just in  Vientiane- Wat Si Saket, the oldest temple of the city and the world famous That Luang complex.

Today, Lao is offering an open air museum, a rare collection of historical and archeological treasures that educate and enrich the world.

– The preservation of religious sites of world significance and value such as: Wat Xieng Thong,  one of the most important of world Buddhism monasteries and remains a significant place for the spirit of religion and traditional art. Other sites that must be mentioned such as: Wat Phu ( UNESCO heritage site) and Champasak Cultural Landscape ( under UNESCO recognition).

Keeping alive spiritual tradition, integrating tourist`s and visitors in the atmosphere of the Lao people, offering possibility for an enriching cultural experience, are all achievements that transform Peoples Democratic Republic of LAO in a spiritual destination of first hand.

–                      Promoting a new concept of  community based tourism, friendly to nature, with low ecological impact and preservation of natural biodiversity and protection of endangered species and areas, especially rainforest eco-climate.

Community based ecotourism is a way to share revenues and income, to support rural communities in prospering and presenting there foodstuff and handicrafts to the world and to make the base for an economic local development.                  Sharing tourism benefits to all the population, offering a social tourism it is a lesson that Lao is offering to the world.

Supporting Lao community tourism project as a way to spread wealth, it is a duty for everybody and one of the main reason for portraying Laos as a world example of democratic tourism , a tourism that is not only offering benefits to the rich, but to all people. Lao example must be appreciated and supported , and all tourist that are going to Lao must know that an investment in Lao tourism is an investment in the future of Lao people.

–                      Offering to tourists not only a historical and outstanding cultural experience but also the possibility to explore nature , to contribute to ecological preservation and the opportunity to visit extraordinary space such as: Nam Ngum reservoir , Bolaven plateau, Mekong river islands , Mekong river boat trip , Tad Kouangsi  waterfall , the cave of de Ting . All this are model of achievements in ecological and green tourism that must be world recognized .

–                      The continuous development and protection of cultural and historical patrimony of Peoples Democratic Republic of LAO, the transformation of Vientiane  in a historical and spiritual center offering to the visitor a glimpse into rich culture and heritage of  peoples of Lao.

For all this reasons, among many others, European Council on Tourism and Trade decided, unanimously, to award WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2013 title to PEOPLE`S DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF LAOS and to declare PEOPLE`S DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF LAOS- FAVORITE CULTURAL DESTINATION in 2013.

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This title is an international recognition of  Your work for Peoples Democratic Republic of LAO  until today, in the service of history and civilization, tourism and culture , in the service of the people of  LAO,  but is also a challenge because now we are expecting your services in the future benefit of the world culture and tourism.

May this award be transformed in a support for developing the international standing of Peoples Democratic Republic of LAO , for a sustainable tourism  and development and in a base for further success for SIMPLY BEAUTIFUL – Peoples Democratic Republic of LAO .

 

Is my privileged to award Your Excellency, as representative of tourism of PEOPLE`S DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF LAOS  the award  for WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2013 .

 

We congratulate You and people of Peoples Democratic Republic of LAO for this outstanding   achievements.