Economic Freedom of the World Network Meeting 2005

This was the first Economic Freedom of the World Network meeting held in the Arab world. It was held from November 20 to 21, 2005, in Muscat, Oman and attracted delegates from across the Arab world as well as from Asia, Europe, Africa, and North, Central and South America.

The meeting, which was co-hosted by The Fraser Institute, was a tremendous success.

The discussions focused on case studies of countries on how they moved on the economic freedom front and what are the lessons/consequences from the process. The meeting had stimulating and thought-provoking presentations from Oman, Kenya, Mongolia, Costa Rica, Zambia, and Slovakia, to name a few.

Special thanks must go to the team organizing the event, Sheikha Al Farsi and in particular we wish to acknowledge Salem Ben Nasser Al Ismaily, Executive President of OCIPED, for inviting the Network to Oman and for his continuing support of its work in the region.

We would also like to thank the sponsors -- The Omani Centre for Investment Promotion and Export Development (OCIPED), Bank Muscat, National Bank of Oman, Oman Arab Bank and Omantel-- without whom this conference would not be possible.

Conference participants gather for a group photo in the Omani sun.
HE Maqbool Ali Sultan, Minister of Commerce and Industry, Oman, giving welcoming remarks.
Michael Walker, President, Fraser Institute Foundation and Senior Fellow at the Fraser Institute, receiving a recognition at the Awards dinner for his contribution to the Economic Freedom Project.
Salem Ben Nasser Al Ismaily, Executive President of the Omani Centre for Investment Promotion and Export Development (OCIPED) giving presentation on Economic Freedom in the Arab World.