The SRTF Participates in Istanbul’s Annual Atlantic Council Summit

Turkey – Friday, 28 April 2017 – Eng. Hani Khabbaz, Director-General of the Syrian Recovery Trust Fund (SRTF) attended the Eighth Annual Atlantic Council Summit held in Istanbul from 27-28 April 2017. The DG participated in the Summit’s “Rebuilding Syria” panel discussion. Introduced by Frederic Hof, Director of the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East of the Atlantic Council, the panel also included Mehmet Halis Bilden, President of the Republic of Turkey Prime Ministry’s Disaster and Emergency Management Authority, and Mona Yacoubian Former Deputy Assistant Administrator, Middle East Bureau US Agency for International Development (USAID)


Organized by the Atlantic Council, a Washington-based think tank, the Summit brought together an influential constituency to foster and strengthen transatlantic engagement on energy, economic, and political challenges. This year’s summit sought to build bridges in a region spanning from Central Asia to Central Europe and the Levant that is marred by division and conflicts, but whose nations are bound together by the need for peace, cooperation and development.


In his interventions at the “Rebuilding Syria” session, Eng. Khabbaz highlighted the current challenges facing the international community’s efforts to meet the urgent needs of people inside Syria in terms of stabilization and recovery of essential public utilities and services. Illustrating examples of SRTF achievements in recovering crucial services in the health, water, energy, food security and waste management sectors, the DG underlined the lessons learned from the SRTF unique experience and the need for a greater support to address the pressing needs of the civilian population overwhelmed by the prolonged conflict inside Syria and the need to plan for post conflict reconstruction.


Other panelists addressed the need to prepare for post-conflict stabilization, particularly in areas liberated from ISIL, the need to focus on education and livelihoods and the return of normality to the liberated areas, allowing a safe return of refugees to their homes.



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