Nazarbayev: Islamic world needs modernization, better image

08:25, June 09, 2011      

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Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev said Wednesday the Islamic world needed to modernize itself and promote a more positive image around the world.

He told the World Islamic Economic Forum held in Astana the Muslim community's need for modernization "mostly concerns technological, scientific and economic development."

"The Muslim world accounts for one fifth of the world's population, but lags far behind its economic potential," he said, adding there was still no country in the G8 group representing the Islamic community.

"This reflects the real weight of the Islamic economy in the world," Nazarbayev said.

"How many Islamic universities are in the top hundred and how many Nobel Prize winners in natural sciences and engineering has the Islamic world produced in the past 20 years? How many global technological innovations have been created in the Islamic world? We need to address those questions to ourselves, to come up with a solution in the near future," the president said.

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Source: Xinhua
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