Government leaders' forum underway in Dubai

The GLF will focus on discussions around four main themes: Growth and Economic Development, Governance and Modernization, Social Development and Education and Public/Private Partnerships.

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By  Angela Prasad Published  April 24, 2005

Microsoft, under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and UAE Minister of Defence, today opened the second Microsoft Government Leaders Forum Arabia (GLF). The two-day event brings together more than 120 high-level government officials and business leaders from across the Middle East. The goal of the forum is to drive discussion around how the private sector can work in cooperation with local, regional and central governments to explore the partnerships necessary for growth through technology. The GLF will focus on discussions around four main themes: Growth and Economic Development, Governance and Modernization, Social Development and Education and Public/Private Partnerships. Her Excellency Shiekha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qassimi, United Arab Emirates Economy and Planning Minister, opened the forum, following introductory remarks from Ali Faramawy, vice president, Microsoft Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). On Monday, Steve Ballmer, chief executive officer of Microsoft, will present a keynote at the event that will underscore the company’s commitment to continuing expansion of innovative and cooperative government and education programmes that support economic development opportunities in the region. “We are excited to host the Government Leader’s Forum for the second time in the region. It is a great opportunity for Microsoft to learn more about the needs of governments, and how we can contribute more to the modernisation of government services and education, in order to better serve the communities of the Middle East,” says Ali Faramawy, vice president, Microsoft Europe, Middle East and Africa. Microsoft has also announced further developments on the company’s commitment to develop IT solutions that will improve services for citizens and increase IT access through the participation of the Government of Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce.

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