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WGS live: Sheikh Mohammed confers Best Minister Award

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The 7th World Government Summit kicks off in Dubai today, with more than 4,000 participants from 140 countries.

Heads of state, ministers and government officials will converge on this platform to discuss the world's future.

The World Government Summit will see 600 speakers in more than 200 interactive round table discussions mulling issues in vital sectors. The summit will also host 120 executives from leading international corporations.

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The summit begin with Professor Mohammed Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs and the Future, and Professor Klaus Schwab, founder and Executive Chairman of World Economic Forum's speech.

Also read: World Government Summit - All you need to know

In an ominous opening speech, Prof. Schwab said 'mother nature is losing patience with us.'

"How will will fourth industrial revolution impact cities? Cities have to create an entrepreneurship-friendly system. Imagination and innovation will drive tomorrow. They will be the key factors of global competitiveness. Cities have to become role models for creativity and they have to create an atmosphere where start ups can flourish. The Government has a role to play in that. Cities have to become a platform; this platform has to be multi-stakeholder." - Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of World Economic Forum

"I would also safeguard against planning too much today. You have to be agile. Explore and adapt and if something is good, scale it up. "Mother nature is losing patience with us."




"It's 2019 and the new excitement is AI; conversational computing is the new frontier," said during a press conference on the sidelines of the World Government Summit 2019 in Dubai.

Come May, Dubai will act as the launch pad for the Middle East's first AI-powered mobile application that will act as a "personal concierge" for users.


The Prime Minister of Lebanon, Saad Hariri has a very optimistic view for his country's future. After nine months of being in a deadlock, the Lebanese government was formed a month ago and is now set to overcome its economic crisis and tackle its endemic corruption issues.

Deeply inspired by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai's book, Hariri said, "Sheikh Mohammed wrote in his book 'My Story - 50 stories of 50 years' that when he travelled to Lebanon, he was amazed and wanted to make Dubai like Lebanon. Now since I am in Dubai, I must say, I want Lebanon to become like Dubai."

Hariri has promised to build a new Lebanon that serves the needs of the youth across the region. He said, "We want to invest in the young men and women of Lebanon. And the region." He has also promised to relieve Lebanon of its chronic issues with shortage of electricity, and other utilities. He also said leaders in the region must get used to women taking up leading roles in their countries.



Speaking at a high-level panel titled 'SDGs in Action 2019' during the World Government Summit, former secretary general of the United Nations Ban Ki-Moon said, "Leadership plays an absolutely crucial role in the formulation of policies that can lead to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This can also be achieved only at the highest level of governance." He advised that political and business community leaders have to look policies in a manner that no one will be left behind.

He also said UAE is a model example of initiation of good administration. "The UAE, from an oil-based economy, has transformed into a strong solar power state thanks to the talented leadership in the country. This kind of best practices must be shared so we can minimize challenges."


Speaking at the World Government Summit (WGS) in Dubai on Sunday, Mohammad Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs and the Future and Chairman of the WGS said the difference between "humans and AI is imagination".

"45 per cent of jobs in the future will change. As for the jobs that require creativity and creation of content, like design, arts, music, these are the jobs based on imagination and these are the jobs that will create a niche for human beings," he said.


Dubai Municipality formally launched its new brand identity on Sunday, February 10 during the 7th World Government Summit. Director General of Dubai Municipality Eng. Dawood Abdulrahman Al Hajiri unveiled the new logo and said that Dubai Municipality's current logo had been launched in 1979, after the municipality headquarters moved to its current premises.


"In the future we will have around 30 billion smart devices in our cars, homes linking the world together. This will create huge investment opportunities for governments", said Mohammad Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs and the Future


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