Global hr forum2007-mohammed_yousif_abdallah-culture and developmentPresentation Transcript
By H. E. Mohamed Yousif Abdallah
Minister of Culture Youth And
Comments on Culture and Development
Dr. Gaber Asfour deserves our
gratitude for emphasizing the
great role of culture in
development. He raised several
relevant important areas such
Putting Economic and social
development as primary
objective and the role of culture.
Finance development through
foreign direct investment (FDI).
Add value to primary
There are major missing elements
needed to transform the
underdeveloped communities such
Skills development and training
(education). Lack of problem
solving approach and fully
dependence on readymade
modules and dictation.
Acquiring right technology and
•Comprehensive management of
development issues such as:
•Tackling the three economic
sectors development ( agriculture
, services and industry)
•Trade oriented development.
The Notion of backwardness and
advancement cultures are less
explained in the paper of Dr.
Asfour and would like to offer the
Culture as thought, feeling and
perception. Failure to manage
cultural perspective differences
results in civil strives, violent mass
protests and riots.
This affects millions of lives every
year, hampers economic and
human development impedes
establishment of peaceful
international relations and
increases lawlessness and global
Based on motivations, States,
Communities, Corporate as well as
individuals can increase
production and profits.
Culture as standard of judgment and
its role in setting, norms and values.
Through times customs and
traditions are established ,. Culture
thus decides what is legitimate and
illegal locally and abroad. Dialogue is
essential to agree on common ground
Culture as identity based on
ethnicity, religion and social
environment faces the challenges
of globalization which is
characterized by high inter societal
movement and connectivity.
Many identities living together
necessitate tolerance and avoidance
to identify people on personal basis.
There is need to avoid imposing
homogeneity or heterogeneity.
Flexibility is required to establish
constructive and harmonious
Culture as means of communication
in terms of language, poetry, songs
and dances. These are means of
mobilization, understanding and
leisure. Universal languages are
emerging more strongly than dialects
which are vanishing dramatically fast.
Culture as consumption and
production habits. On these
habits economic theories as
based such demand and supply,
purchase parity product. In the
past man was collecting fruits,
domesticating animals but at
later stages changed to
The culture of creativity, savings,
effective organization and good
management is missing in
Based on the above Mr. Bernard
Rousue the British philosopher
concluded that "civilization
flourishes under luxury and high
quality life". Because man in the
process of achieving luxury,
discovers extraordinary wonders
(buildings, poetry, arts, and
Mr. Adam Smith the economic
philosopher stated that civilization
is created in the process of making
profits. He added at least the
Western civilization is based on
efforts rendered to create wealth.
I would like to add that factors
that helped in advancement of
mankind and accelerated the
globalization process are trade,
religion and culture.