The UAE government will organise the World Government Summit in Dubai from February 8 to 10, 2016, bringing together more than 150 governments and international organisations on the leading global platform to share knowledge and experiences in the efforts to improve government work and offer better services to humanity.
In line with directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the government has transformed the summit from a forum to an organisation that offers integrated knowledge services for more than 150 governments and global organisations with the goal of foreseeing future governments, creating knowledge and organising events throughout the year.
Mohammed Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs, and Chairman of the Organising Committee of the World Government summit at the announcement of the summit. (Wam)
As part of the summit a number of global initiatives and research studies will be released throughout the year, highlighting the summit’s status as an organisation that works constantly to find innovative solutions in government services.
Announcing the summit, Mohammed Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs, and Chairman of the Organising Committee of the World Government Summit, said: "The previous editions of the summit have been successful in establishing a global platform for best practices in innovation for the development of government services.
The new name of the summit reflects the goal of expanding its role on the international level and strengthening partnerships with major global and regional organisations such as United Nations, Arab League, Gulf Cooperation Council, World Bank, Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, and World Economic Forum."
Gergawi said the World Government Summit has now transformed into the largest platform for the next generation of government leaders, and aims to prepare for the future and improve the lives of nearly seven billion people by gathering the world under one umbrella.
Gergawi said: "The World Government Summit research and studies will cover several sectors, including future of education, future of economy, future of technology, future of health care, future of development, future of government work, sustainability and future of the environment, cities of the future, and future of human capital management in the labour market."
Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of International Cooperation and Development of the UAE, has praised the government's decision to rebrand Government Summit as the World Government Summit as part of key changes made to the event this year and transform from a forum to an organisation.
In a statement, Sheikha Lubna said the directives of Sheikh Mohammed reflect the efforts being made by the UAE to bolster its leading in the development of global government sector based on the success of previous government summits organised in the UAE.
Creating knowledge for governments of the future
The World Government Summit will witness 10 major changes.
The first is the new name and the logo, while the second change is the transformation of the summit from a forum to an organisation that offers integrated knowledge services for more than 150 governments and global organisations with the goal of foreseeing future governments, creating knowledge and organising events throughout the year.
Thirdly, the summit will answer tomorrow's questions by preparing for the future and proposing solutions to challenges.
Fourthly, the summit will issue government research and reports and launch global development indicators constantly throughout the year.
‘Edge of Governments’ exhibition to showcase innovative government practices
The fifth change will be visible in the nature of the sessions, with their duration and mechanisms enhanced to ensure better dialogue between speakers and the audience. The sixth change includes the development of a smart application and the website of the World Government Summit as knowledge platforms.
The seventh change will be the introduction of a smart application to provide effective communication between the participants.
The eighth change is the ‘Edge of Governments’ exhibition, aimed at enabling 15 governments to share their experiences and knowledge on applied disruptive innovations.
Annual award to honour successful government projects globally
As the ninth change, an annual guest of the summit will showcase various experiences, while the 10th change is the launch of a new annual award – World Government Summit Award – to honour the best minister in the world who has led a new and successful qualitative government project.
As in previous editions, the Summit this year will honour the winners of the third edition of the m-Government Award. Besides, a number of meetings will be organised on the sidelines of the Summit to discuss the implementation of sustainable development goals.
Top international speakers
The World Government Summit will host 50 speakers from leading government and private entities and international organisations, including Jim Yong Kim, President of World Bank; Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum: Angel Gurria, Secretary-General of the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development; Jan Eliasson, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations; Nabil Elaraby, Secretary-General of the Arab League; Abdul Latif Al-Zayani, Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council.
Topics covering vital sectors
The World Government Summit will discuss the latest topics of relevance to future technical applications.
One of the sessions, hosted by Tim O'Reilly, founder of O'Reilly Media, will look at the future of government work and explore the new generation of smart government. Another topic related to cities of the future, will be discussed in a session titled, ‘The future of road transportation’, hosted by Jim Al-Khalili, professor of physics at the University of Surrey.
The future of the digital economy will attract much attention with discussions spread across multiple sessions, including one on ‘Digital coins: The Future of Money’. A session on the future of innovation and ways to develop environments will be hosted by Christopher M. Schroeder, an entrepreneur, advisor and investor in interactive technologies and social communications.
Specialised reports and studies
The World Government Summit will launch a number of reports in cooperation with knowledge partners, both during the Summit as well as throughout the year. These include reports on artificial intelligence, development of sciences and the future of governments in cooperation with The Economist.
A survey will be launched on digital transformation of the government in collaboration with Deloitte.
In addition, a report on the future of teaching methods will be released in cooperation with Oxford Analytica, while another report on the upcoming major innovations will be launched in collaboration with Harvard University.
The summit will also set the stage for several other events, including the Museum of the Future, which will focus on the robotics and artificial intelligence sector.