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Program – Seminar in Rabat, 19 – 20 December 2015

Progressive Alliance seminar: “Social Justice and Equal Opportunites for All”


Thursday, 19 November 2015


Hotel La Tour Hassan Palace

26, Rue de Chellah BP 14. Rabat, Morocco


15:00 hrs             Registration


16:00 hrs             Progressive Alliance Steering Committee (Room Diplomatique)

Interested parties can send a delegate to the Steering Committee. The Steering Committee prepares and discusses the conference issues and resolutions as well as the upcoming activities of the Progressive Alliance.

Chaired by Konstantin Woinoff, Progressive Alliance Coordinator


17:00 hrs             Coffee Break


17:30 hrs             Parallel Workshops

Workshop 1: Progressive Campaigning and modern mobilisation strategies (Room Diplomatique)

Ahmed El Aked, Consultant to the Socialist Group in the Moroccan Parliament, Socialist Union of Popular Forces (USFP), Morocco

Raúl Flores, President of the Federal District of Mexico, Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD), Mexico

Hussein Gohar, International Secretary, Egyptian Social Democratic Party (ESDP), Egypt

Fouad Sidali, Member of Executive Board of the PvdA, Labour Party (PvdA), Netherlands

Moderator: Moez Ben Dhia, Member of the Political Bureau in Charge of International Relations, Democratic Forum for Labour and Freedoms (Ettakatol)


Workshop 2: Trade Unions as Strategic Partners for Social Justice (Room Panoramique)

Abdelhamid Fatihi, Secretary General, Democratic Labour Federation (FDT), Morocco

Lobna Jeribi, SOLIDAR Tunisia, Tunisia

Olav Bergo, Member of the Central Committee of International Policy, Norwegian Labour Party (DNA), Norway

Vicente Pinto de Andrade, People’s Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA), Angola

Moderator: Mohamed Derouiche, Member of politburo, Socialist Union of Popular Forces (USFP), Morocco


20:30 hrs             Reception hosted by USFP

Welcome by Habib El Malki, President of administrative committee, Socialist Union of Popular Forces (USFP), Morocco



Friday, 20 November 2015

Conference (Room Diplomatique)

Moderator of the Day: Mohamed Benabdelkader, Commission of exteriors relations, Socialist Union of Popular Forces (USFP), Morocco


09:00 hrs             Opening and Welcome Speech

Driss Lachgar, First Secretary, Socialist Union of Popular Forces (USFP), Morocco


09:15 hrs             Video


09:20 hrs             Speech

Massimo D’Alema, President of the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS)


09:35                   The Syrian Issue in the Fifth Year

George Sabra, President, Syrian Democratic People’s Party, Syria


09:45 hrs             Speech

NN, Member of the Revolutionary Council, Fatah, Palestine


09:55 hrs             Panel Discussion:

Social Democratic Challenges in the Arab Region

Karim Baloul, Member of Parliament, Coordinator of the Ethics Committee, Socialist Forces Front (FFS), Algeria

Saleh Hdaife, Progressive Socialist Party (PSP), Lebanon

Tahsin Namiq Abdalla Shwan, Deputy of Foreign Relations Bureau, Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), Iraq

Abdellatif Kamal, President of the Foundation Machroue, Morocco

Abdelrahmane Weddany, Assembly of Democratic Forces (RFD), Mauretania

Moderator: Giacomo Filibeck, Deputy Secretary General, Party of European Socialists (PES)


11:15 hrs             Coffee Break


11:45 hrs             Inequality is a Choice – Fighting for Social Justice

Pascal Lamy, President emeritus, Jacques Delors Institute, Vice President of the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS)

12:00 hrs             Video

12:00 hrs             Speech

Habib El Malki, President of administrative committee, Socialist Union of Popular Forces (USFP), Morocco

12:10 hrs             Speech

Josh Osih, Vice-President, Social Democratic Front (SDF), Cameroon

Program Rabat (PDF)