President Yudhoyono, Palestinian PM to deliver key speeches in CEAPAD II

President Yudhoyono, Palestinian PM to deliver key speeches in CEAPAD II

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (right) adn Palestine Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah (ANTARA FOTO/Prasetyo Utomo)

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah are scheduled to deliver key speeches in the opening ceremony of the Second Conference on Cooperation among East Asian Countries for Palestinian Development (CEAPAD) here, Saturday.

The CEAPED II which includes the private sector participation, will focus on the capacity building for the economic development of Palestine, a statement of the Indonesian foreign affairs ministry said recently.

The conferences participating countries, which include Japan, ASEAN Member countries, and South Korea, are expected to offer concrete contributions concerning the capacity building programs for Palestine, in accordance with its needs and based on what the participating countries can feasibly offer.

Coinciding with the meeting, a "CEAPAD Business Meeting and Trade Expo" will be organized at Hotel Borobudur, Jakarta, from March 1 to 2, 2014, by the foreign ministry in cooperation with the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin).

Around 29 companies from Palestine will exhibit specialty products at the trade expo, the chairman of Kadins Middle East and OIC Committee, Mohamad Bawazeer, said recently.

Established at the initiative of Japan to back the realization of peace through the "two-state solution," which is a core challenge in the Middle Eastern and North African regions, CEAPAD is an international conference for East Asian countries to discuss new ways of assistance to and cooperation with Palestine for its nation-building efforts.

CEAPAD I was organized by the Japanese government in Tokyo in February 2013, with the aim at mobilizing and sharing East Asian economic development experiences and resources for the sake of Palestinian development.