More than 1,200 government, business and civil society leaders from 46 countries are meeting from 20-22 May in Sharm El Sheikh in pursuit of outcomes to help prepare the way for a more prosperous future for the Middle East. Under the theme, “The Promise of a New Generation”, participants will look at the role of business as the engine of job creation and the need for leaders to work together for peace and stability.

The World Economic Forum on the Middle East will be a chance to facilitate meaningful dialogue on a wide variety of issues including the global business agenda… The theme for this year’s meeting will highlight the importance of investing in our future – not just economically, but also politically and socially,” said Egyptian Prime Minister, Ahmed Mahmoud Nazif, as participants arrived in Sharm El Sheikh for the start of the meeting, which Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak will inaugurate.

Great news is that we’ve got a couple of participants blogging the meeting – Egyptian Minister of Trade and Industry, Rachid Rachid, is going to post his thoughts on sessions here in Sharm. Also blogging is Jay Nordlinger, Managing Editor of the National Review.

This promises to be a very interesting meeting with all the top issues on the table. Check out the programme, as well as photos from the meeting and also interviews with key participants. I’ll be updating the blog with super interesting summaries of sessions as they take place.