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World leaders urged to do more on inclusive development

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CHAIRPERSON of the Zimbabwe Peacebuilding Initiative Board of Trustees and Former Minister of State for National Healing, Reconciliation and Integration, Sekai Holland, has called on the world to embrace a capitalism that is highly inclusive, serving the people.

She was speaking during a panel discussion at the Horasis Global Meeting that took place in Gaziantep, Türkiye over 22-23 October 2023, co-hosted by the City of Gaziantep.

Ms Holland’s sentiments were echoed in the plenary panel discussion ‘ESG as a Sine-qua-non’ with chief executive officers of various multi-national corporations noting “ESG has gone from a marketing gimmick to now being an essential component of corporate strategy”.

The meeting’s theme was ‘Creating Impact with Innovation, Sustainability and Reconstruction’ and drew delegates from round the world to contribute to panel and to plenary discussions.

Discussions often focused on the aftermath of the earthquakes, geopolitical distortions, upon the continuing mutations of the COVID virus its costs and future control; and the world’s continuing economic uncertainty, inflation and energy shortages.

Geopolitics and its immediate consequences leave humanity in food and water crises, and it is the poor around the globe who suffer the most.

The Minister of Treasury and Finance Mehmet Şimşek emphasized that Türkiye is carefully introducing beneficial fiscal and economic policies that look well beyond the immediacy of rebuilding the earthquake damage.

This is creating a stronger business outlook based on the country’s business culture which has deep historical roots.

Turning to the need to Improving the World under Stress, Bjørn Berge, Deputy Secretary General, Council of Europe, France emphasized the necessity of working together to solve the huge global challenges that the global community face today, such as the Russian invasion of Ukraine, climate change, Artificial Intelligence and democratic backsliding.

The Turkish Foreign Economic Relations Board (DEİK) President Nail Olpak touched upon the changing paradigms with COVID-19 and the Russia-Ukraine war. Rhett Power, Forbes Columnist & Chief Executive Officer, Accountability Inc, USA felt a consistent theme had emerged throughout the extensive discussions on global and regional challenges: this was hope.

Speaking to the plenary on the World Economic Outlook, Ahmet Fikret Kileci, Chairman, Southeast Anatolian Exporters’ Associations, Türkiye espoused that international dialogue must be extended to broad vistas to develop peace and tolerance with better collaboration within science, education, culture and the Arts to narrow the gap between developed and developing countries.

Under the theme of Cooperating to Revitalize and Rebuild Cities, Fatma Varank, Deputy Minister of Environment, Urbanization and Climate Change, Türkiye emphasized the importance of digitalization in revitalizing cities hurt by natural disasters.

A plenary on Embracing Social Capitalism was chaired by Ben Nelson, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Minerva Project, USA who remined delegates that Minerva’s goal was to nurture critical wisdom through systematic evidence-based learning to reinvent higher learning.

Renita Kalhorn, Forbes Contributor and High-EQ Leadership Coach, France chaired the closing summary plenary panel on Creating Impact was hopeful that one of the things that will remain from the meeting is that people still
have the chance to work together.

Fahim Hashimi, Chairman, Hashimi Group; Former Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Afghanistan, was clear “We need agile, bionic structures where we can communicate clearly to create sustainable impact for countries through technology.”

Rajeev Peshawaria, Chief Executive Officer, Stewardship Asia Centre, Singapore affirmed the values-based movement has indeed started “the world is slowly but surely realizing that force, regulation, and incentives are not the only answers to today’s existential challenges. We humans are capable of rising together to defeat climate change, social inequality, and the threats of tech misuse.”

Catherine Carlton, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Sapiens Impact, USA added: “We need to alter our values to collaborate and not be in conflict; believe in interdependence rather than self-interest; stress innovation; and have a long-term view, not short-term and search for values-based actions that maximizes the good and reject regulation that maximizes the bad”.

Murat Seitnepesov, Chairman, Integral Group, Switzerland, demonstrates purpose-driven leadership, serving on the International Board of EurAsia Heart Foundation, and also leading the GSPDX project, which stands for Global System for Preparedness for Disease X. This initiative promotes a new, systemic approach for preparedness for future pandemics focusing on the detection of new dangerous pathogens in the earliest possible stage using modern digital technologies. This could, indeed, create impact.

Fatma Şahin, Mayor of Gaziantep, Türkiye finally raised hope for all “Gaziantep, with its ancient places, is the world’s yesterday. These days, when we need social justice and social peace more, we need to protect and use our planet, which is our common home. We cannot leave a future to our grandchildren a world which we have used cruelty. That’s why Gaziantep is the center of sweat and the future of hope”.

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