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The Third Government Summit in Dubai Focuses on Innovation

International - Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The third Government Summit concluded its sessions on 11 February following three days of plenaries, roundtables and discussions on how to shape future governments with a focus on enhancing public service delivery through technology and innovation. The event was held in Dubai under the patronage of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates. It was attended by more than 4000 participants from 87 countries including Heads of State, high-ranking officials from governments and international organizations, thought leaders, technology and education experts and private sector representatives.

This year, the Government Summit featured 60 high-profile speakers on a wide array of topics. In his opening address, General Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi mentioned that “a distinguished government is the one that makes sure every citizen is a national wealth”. The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon stated that “governments need to ensure transparency. Those who engage with citizens and residents will emerge stronger, while corrupt and abusive systems and red-tape will lead to hopelessness and instability”. He stressed that “this new epoch calls for a new governance model – one that is ready for the future, accountable, transparent, inclusive and participatory”. 

Innovation in public service-delivery was the key recurring theme during the Summit. On the first day, ministerial level participants also shared good practices and lessons learned in government efficiency. Another highlight of the Summit was the inauguration of the “Museum of Future Government Services” which showcases how technology will transform public services in areas such as education, healthcare and travel. An awarding ceremony was also organized for the winners of the best mobile government service in areas relating to health, education, environment and security.


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