AMMONNEWS - The Real Academia de Ciencias Economicas y Financieras of Spain (RACEF) on Saturday honored HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan as the Academy's second Arab member.
Princess Sumaya was honored for her activities as President of El Hassan Science City and the Royal Scientific Society, and for her wider work in bringing the benefits of science and education to Jordan and the region.
The Princess was also applauded for her role in building bridges between East and West by highlighting the shared scientific heritage of Arabs and Europeans and celebrating the potential for advancement through scientific cooperation.
In her inaugural address to the members of the exclusive Economics and Science Academy, she said that RACEF has shown Spain and the wider world what can be achieved when science, culture and commerce are brought together with a common purpose.
"Having survived, absorbed and adapted through centuries of political and social change, RACEF and Spain inspire Jordanians with their spirit and ambition," she added. "Jordanians and the Spanish people share an eventful Mediterranean history. They are neighbors with a long and sometimes troubled history, yet they have jointly and separately enriched the scientific heritage that defines the modern world." RACEF’s body of Foreign Corresponding Academicians is a small and elite network of scientific contributors through which the Spanish Academy links to scientific discussion on Economy and Finance throughout the world.
The Princess joins an exclusive list of current members including Dr. Valery Giscard D´Estaing, former President of France; Dr. Romano Prodi, former Prime Minister of Italy and former President of the European Commission; Mr. Andre Azoulay, Senior Adviser to King Mohammed VI of Morocco; and Dr. Abderraouf Mahbouli, Rector of Tunis University and UNIMED President.