Salalah: A study on consumerism and its impact on the values and behaviour of children will be conducted by the GCC Council of Ministers of Social Affairs. This decision was taken at the third Family Cohesion Symposium which concluded at 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, presided over the concluding ceremony of the symposium, which was attended by Sheikh Mohammed bin Sa'ayed Al Kalbani, Minister of Social Development, a number of undersecretaries, as well as GCC undersecretaries for development and social affairs and number of participants from within and outside the Sultanate.
The closing ceremony included a speech of the Ministry of Social Development, reading of the results and recommendations of the symposium, the distribution of certificates to the participants and the heads of the organising committees.
Dr Yahya bin Badr Al Ma'awali, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Social Development, gave a speech in which he recalled the success of the symposium and underlined the benefits that would accrue from the working papers and discussions. He stressed the importance of benefitting from the experience of the practitioners who are directly involved in dealing with families.
He said 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 different states sharing their experiences.
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. The recommendations included a call for developing social policies for the family within the framework of comprehensive development plans and 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.
The symposium recommended that programmes for rehabilitating people intending to marry in GCC countries be further strengthened and legislation regarding family be further developed. It also underlines the need to exchange experiences and information regarding such programmes to ensure protection of the family.
The symposium recommended the use of different communication media to spread word about programmes aimed at ensuring family cohesion and protection.