Emirates News Agency – Op-Ed: World Government Summit produces concrete outcomes


by Mohammed Jalal Al Rayssi, Executive Director of the Emirates News Agency (WAM)

ABU DHABI, 12th February, 2019 (WAM) — The World Government Summit taking place in Dubai does not only make statements like most global forums but has also become a key global platform for action, innovation and practical solutions.

The summit promotes social messages that predict the future and aim to shape it with full transparency, through innovative and practical solutions. However, its main advantage is its ability to turn theoretical outcomes into technological innovations, which will improve government services for citizens.

In 2013, the Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, ordered the launch of the summit, resulting in producing a world-leading programme conveying global social messaging, and placing the UAE as a leading country in global competitiveness indexes.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid wanted the summit to be a global platform for exchanging knowledge between governments from around the world, as well as showcasing the latest innovations in government services.

The summit could have similar objectives to other global summits, but it is different because the UAE has adopted the approach of its Founder, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who said, “Vision is not enough, there must be plans for measurable achievements, and time is too precious to be wasted. The will to achieve success is also paramount.”

During every edition of the summit, its participants witnessed the UAE’s experience in investing in people, training the youth and women to lead the future, and accomplishing achievements in the infrastructure, space and global port sectors, while prioritising the digital economy and getting ready for the post-oil era.

In 2019, the summit’s programme aims to predict the future government, draft plans for the next generation of governments, and enable thousands of leaders and specialists to participate in a forum to discuss their sustainable development goals and achievements. Another forum is dedicated to addressing developments in artificial intelligence, AI, governance, and a third to analysing global happiness and quality of life.

The summit is an open platform for creative government innovations and includes the Museum of the Future, which hosts innovative and creative people who are willing to assist the leadership and committee of the summit on an intellectual journey to 2035.

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