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French Sciences Po underlines importance of cooperation with Kuwait.

Officials at the French National Foundation of

Political Sciences (Sciences Po) underlined importance of cooperation with

Kuwait Foundation for Advancement of Science (KFAS). This cooperation will result in the establishment of an information network

between Kuwait and France, they said. Professor Steffen Hertog at Sciences Po University said Sunday the

agreement between Sciences Po and KFAS was signed in 2007 with the aim of

financing research and studies in Sciences Po regarding the Gulf region in

general and Kuwait in particular. Speaking to KUNA, Hertog said the agreement also aimed at building networks

and stipulated exchange of views via the organization of visits of public and

private sectors' officials. Sciences Po organizes a program for senior leaders in public and private

sectors, designed to strengthe public administration, he added. The one-week once-a-year program will be held for the second year next

week, said Hertog. The program, held in France, will focus on the European

Union (EU) and its institutions. Kuwaiti MPs Abdulrahman Al-Anjari and Aseel Al-Awadhi visited Paris and

Brussels as part of cooperation between Sciences Po and KFAS. Sciences Po University's representative in Kuwait and coordinator of

Euro-Gulf network Julian Clech said the invitation of Kuwaiti MPs to visit

France took place after Kuwaiti women gained their political rights. The winning of four Kuwaiti women in the recent parliamentary elections

"without a quota system is a historic achievement in the region," he told KUNA. In Paris, the two Kuwaiti MPs met with officials in the Sciences Po

foundation, head of the financial committee in the French parliament Jerome

Cahuzac and director of the Middle East and Northern Africa Department in the

French Foreign Ministry Patric Paoli. They also met with some officials from the Ministry of Finance and

chairperson of the French-GCC parliamentary friendship group Philippe Marini. Additionally, the Kuwaiti members of parliament held a meeting with

executive manager of the French Nuclear Group (Areva) Anne Lauvergon,

editor-in-chief at Le Monde Diplomatique Alin Gresh, director of the women's

forum Aude de Thuin and members of the French-Kuwaiti parliamentary friendship

committee. Al-Anjari and Al-Awadhi held a press conference at the Arab Press Society

and delivered a lecture at the Sciences Po University titled "Women and

Politics in the Gulf, especially in Kuwait". As for Brussels, they met with director of the Middle East and Western

Mediterranean Section in the European Commission Tomas Del Moral, member of

the Arab affairs committee in the European parliament Anna Bildt, Vice Speaker

of the European Parliament (EP) Rodi Kratsa and some EP members.

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Date:Apr 11, 2010
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