Sri Lanka – Jordan govts and trade chambers sign new deals ahead of G11 summit

SHUNEH, Jordan, May 19, 2007 (AFP) – Heads of state and representatives of 11 developing countries meet in Jordan on Saturday to draw up a platform of cooperation with the G8 industrialised nations and bolster multilateral trade. The G11 summit grouping Croatia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Georgia, Honduras, Indonesia, Jordan, Morocco, Pakistan, Paraguay and Sri Lanka meets on the shores of the Dead Sea on the sidelines of the Middle East World Economic Forum.

“The summit will publish a final statement embodying a united economic and development vision that will in turn be submitted to the G8 industrialised nations at its next meeting in June,” said Faruq Kassrawi, adviser to Jordan’s King Abdullah II.

“This is aimed at forging ties between the two groups to help the G11 in its efforts to achieve higher and faster development and obtain technology,” he said.

King Abdullah will open the summit which will be attended by the presidents of Georgia, Croatia, Sri Lanka and El Salvador, the vice president of Honduras and the prime ministers of Pakistan and Morocco, officials said.

The Jordanian monarch will give a speech focusing on opportunities for cooperation with the G8 that is next due to convene in Germany in June, th