UAE Government Summit expands into permanent organisation

Rebrands as World Government Summit to create organisation focused on government innovation

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UAE Government Summit expands into permanent organisation HE Mohammed Al Gergawi announcing the World Government Summit.
By  Mark Sutton Published  January 6, 2016

The UAE Government Summit has announced a major expansion to its activities, and a rebranding as the World Government Summit.

The World Government Summit will now operate as an organisation focused on ongoing research and initiatives to serve more than 150 governments and global organisations, with a focus on developing future models of government and improving government services.

His Excellency 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."

HE Al Gergawi said the World Government Summit has now transformed into the largest platform for the next generation of governments leaders, and aims to prepare for the future and improve the lives of nearly seven billion people by gathering the world under one umbrella.

HE Al 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."

The World Government Summit will host its annual forum in Dubai from 8th-10th February, with the aim of delivering an expanded and enhanced platform for sharing knowledge and experiences in the government sector.

This year's event will include presentations from speakers 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 of discussion will include smart government, road transport, the digital economy and innovation and entrepreneurship.

The event will also be expanded with more focus on collaboration and communication between speakers and attendees, with new apps and a website launched as a knowledge resource and communication channel for participants.

This year's event will also include an ‘Edge of Governments' exhibition, which will allow 15 participating governments to share their experiences and knowledge on applied disruptive innovations. Another new addition will be 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. The Summit will also honour the winners of the third edition of the m-Government Award.

As part of its new ongoing mission, 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, including the launch of global development indicators. 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.

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