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Bianor Cavalcanti, IASIA President, addressed the following speech during the openng ceremony of the 2017 IASIA-MENAPAR Joint Conference. Find the full text below. 

Your Excellency Mr President Mahmoud Abbas here represented by his Excellency Prime Minister Dr. Al-Hamdallah, Your Excellency Minister Abu Zaid, Dear Mr Piper- United Nations Assistant Secretary General, dear Mr. Alter- director of public governance at OECD, Professor Bouckaert- IIAS President, Doctor Benshams – MENAPAR President here represented by Doctor Sahraoui – IIAS-IASIA Director General and rapporteur general for the conference, Mr. Al Aker – Executive Manager of Palestinian Telecommunication company, Professor Ryan – IASIA rapporteur, and Professor Qarmout – MENAPAR rapporteur,

Compliments to authorities and participants,

It is my great honor to address to all of you some words of much contentment for being here, in Ramallah, to open the 2017 joint conference of the International Association of Schools and Institutes of Administration (IASIA) and the Middle East and North Africa Public Administration Research Network (MENAPAR), conference organized in cooperation with the General Personnel Council.

The manifested interest and generous invitation of the Palestinian Government had warm reception by our former Board of Management as well as by the current IASIA renewed Board. So, IASIA was double convinced of being installed today exactly where it must be: the historical Palestine. We are here where people made it clear that they need and want us because they deeply share with us the values associated with the sustained improvement of government and public administration.

IASIA is the academic branch of the IIAS, but it does not refuse to itself the duties to face sensible themes such as the one that was chosen for this particular event:
“Public administration’s role in building and consolidating post-conflict states”.
We understand that sharing knowledge development and dissemination is an important tool to build peace and strengthen the state through the improvement of public administration. In this way, we may serve responsible leaderships, such as the one brilliantly exercised by HE President Mahmoud Abbas, his body of Ministers, such as the gentle host Minister Abu Zaid, and all the dedicated Palestine’s government officials.

We live in a complex world, which requires of us multi-focal prospective approaches to confronting new challenges with innovative knowledges, attitudes, behaviors and skills as well as to face the still unsolved problems of our here and now specific realities. We need to know how to deal with the new digital technologies of information and communication, social-economic indicators and evidence-based decision making, as well as to improve leadership capacity, alternative public service delivery systems, diversity inclusion and accommodation of many times distinct society interests.

The IASIA-MENAPAR Conference is the appropriate platform to promote the discussion of all these themes throughout its working groups, best practice sessions, parallel special sessions, and the much-expected Host Country Panel.
Certainly, the richness of this Conference as well as of some of IASIA very special programs and projects, is owed to very important partners, namely MENAPAR here represented by Sofiane Sahraoui, the OECD by Rolf Alter and the UN by Robert Piper. Organically tied to IIAS, I must also thank the invaluable contributions of the president Geert Bouckaert and of the general director Sofiane Sahraoui who is also playing the fundamental role of this Conference, the general rapporteur.
Special thanks go to the many participants who came from distant places; to all the speakers, contributors, organizers and promoters; and last, but not the least, to the brave Palestinian people who warmly host us.
We hope that the good energies emanating from this Holly Land allow us to complete this wonderful and inspiring journey with success.
Shukran.

Bianor Cavalcanti,
IASIA President

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