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Mohammad calls for World Government Summit 2019 to run on February 17-19

The seventh edition of the event will witness greater changes

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Dubai: The next edition of the World Government Summit (WGS) will be held from February 17 to 19 in 2019 as per instructions from His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

This was announced by Mohammad Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs and the Future and chairman of the WGS, who said the seventh edition of the event will witness greater changes to further consolidate international partnerships and alliances to reshape the work of governments.

Speaking about the success of the sixth edition of the summit, which saw the largest number of international agreements and specialised forums in reshaping and building the future, Al Gergawi said the summit has become one of the most important platforms for establishing UAE’s global diplomacy with various governments and international organisations.

Al Gergawi commended the results achieved by the sixth edition, and said: “The summit served as a critical knowledge platform for reviewing and benefiting from outstanding government experiences, discussing cooperation with international and private institutions and organisations, building global partnerships and alliances that seek to promote government work and find sustainable solutions to intractable problems.”

Al Gergawi noted that the WGS, in just six years since its launch, has become the largest gathering of its kind to explore and prepare for the future.

“The global reputation of the summit poses a major challenge for the seventh session. This makes it imperative that we start preparations from today based on the outcomes of the sixth edition. The WGS has become a major reference point for extrapolating and shaping the future trends of the world and an institution that brings together pioneering ideas and innovations in government, institutional and development work to serve humanity in all sectors.”

The summit,” he added, “also serves as a laboratory to develop innovative solutions to the most important challenges faced by human societies to ensure a better future for all communities.”

Al Gergawi thanked President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, as well as Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid and His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

This year’s summit was attended by more than 4,000 eminent decision makers, researchers and innovators, including prime ministers, ministers, government officials, scientists and experts representing 140 countries, 16 international organisations, in addition to 130 speakers across 120 sessions.

The sessions discussed various vital issues as part of a global effort to establish a new phase in the development of government work mechanisms, supported by highly intelligent technologies, qualified human resources and more determined international cooperation to achieve the goals of sustainable development and meet the aspirations of the peoples of the world to build a better future.

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