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Experts call for providing support on family issues



Salalah: The third Family Cohesion Symposium titled 'Family Protection in International Experiences', concluded on Thursday in Salalah. 

The three-day symposium was organised by the Directorate General of Social Development in the Dhofar governorate, in cooperation with the Executive Office of the GCC Council of Ministers of Social Affairs.
Sheikh Sa'ad bin Mohammed Al Mardhoud Al Sa'adi, minister of sports affairs, was the chief guest at the concluding ceremony of the symposium, which was attended by Sheikh Mohammed bin Said Al Kalbani, minister of social development.

The closing ceremony included a speech by Dr Yahya bin Badr Al Ma'awali, undersecretary, Ministry of Social Development, reading of the recommendations of the symposium and the distribution of certificates to the participants and the heads of the organising committees.

Dr Yahya bin Badr Al Ma'awali, recalled the success of the symposium and the consensus on the benefits of the working papers and the discussions. He stressed on the importance of benefits to practitioners who are directly involved in dealing with families.

What distinguished this version of the symposium was the participation of the Executive Office of the GCC Council of Ministers of Social Affairs, as well as the presentation of experiences of different states, 
he added.

Mahmoud Ali Hafez, director of social affairs, in the Executive Office of the GCC Council of Ministers of Social Affairs read the results and recommendations of the symposium, including the call for developing social policies for the family within the framework of comprehensive development plans. 

Coordinating government and community efforts in the implementation of programmes and projects to enhance the status of the family and adopting programmes and intensive training courses, was also one of the recommendations.

The symposium recommended the intensification of programmes for providing support to the persons intending to marry in GCC countries and the development of legislations on the family, in addition to exchanging experiences and information on programmes for welfare of the family members.

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