Prime Minister of Qatar Speaks on
Qatar’s International Role
'Qatar's International Role:
Priorities and Challenges'
In Trinity Term HE Shaikh Hamad Bin Jassim Bin
Jabr Al-Thani, Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign
Affairs, State of Qatar, was the Centre’s Distinguished
Visiting Lecturer. Speaking in the Sheldonian Theatre, His
Excellency discussed ‘Qatar’s International
Role: Priorities and Challenges’.
In addressing the current Arab situation and prospects
for the future, the Prime Minister began by recalling the
momentous events that had taken place since he last spoke
at Oxford a decade before, as a guest of the Centre. He
described these political, social, and economic upheavals
as creating a ‘stormy transformation’ that drove
demands for reform.
His Excellency then examined Qatar’s role in mediating
peaceful solutions within the region, and stated that establishing
democracy alone was not sufficient unless it was underpinned
by financial, social, and educational development projects.
He announced the creation of a Middle East Development Bank
to support Arab states in their transition towards democracy,
and to aid economic diversity and youth employment.
The Prime Minister took questions from the audience, after
which the Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University, Professor
Andrew Hamilton, offered the vote of thanks. Before his
lecture the Prime Minister and his delegation toured the
Centre’s new building.
A reception was held in the Divinity School, followed by
dinner at Exeter College. Members of Parliament, the diplomatic
corps, and senior members of the University were in attendance.