UN Secretary General highlights IT role at Govt Summit Dubai
Innovative information technology can link govt, citizens and business, says Ban Ki-moon
The Secretary General of the United Nations, HE Ban Ki-moon, has highlighted the importance of using technology to engage citizens with government, in his opening address at the third Government Summit in Dubai.
Ban Ki-moon said that IT solutions can help involve citizens more in developing government services, and in linking government and business for economic growth.
"This communication can actually create an environment wherein citizens are involved with their governments in co-designing solutions. On the back of innovative Information Technology networks and solutions, a society where the government and its businesses come together can be a showcase for sustainable growth, collaborative governance, and economic success," he noted.
The Government Summit is held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. In total, there will be 50 sessions, more than 100 speakers and 3,000 participants from 87 countries to discuss the future of education, health services and smart cities. The third edition of the Summit, which is the biggest event of its kind in the world, is held under the theme ‘Shaping Future Governments'.
Ban Ki-moon also praised the UAE government for its support for innovation and modernisation.
"I commend the UAE Government and leadership on their vision for the Government Summit, their success in pursuing modernisation while retaining their heritage and culture, and for declaring 2015 as the year of Innovation. I believe this will drive the strategic cooperation of the government and private enterprise," he said.