By Arab News
Under the patronage of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, vice president and prime minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and ruler of Dubai, the fifth World Government Summit (WGS) 2017 kicked off on Sunday.
More than 4,000 prominent personalities from 139 countries are participating in the event, reflecting the leading stature of the summit on regional and international levels and the high interest from governments, global organizations.
Mohammed Al-Gergawi, minister of Cabinet affairs and chairman of the WGS, said: “The Summit gathers together the largest international organizations with the most prominent technology firms, on a stage in front of 138 governments from all over the world. They will shape the future of the world and boost the readiness of governments across all sectors.”
“We believe that the tools to build the future are within our reach and we believe that making the best use of these tools will create a future that is suitable for our nations and the nations of the world,” he said.
“The path is clear for a better, more stable and prosperous future and the greatest doorway to this path is cooperation between governments of the world and their organizations and entities, based on knowledge, innovation and science, which will lead to developing solutions for imminent challenges such as environmental sustainability, food security, social development and developing countries.”
Issues like the end of globalization, how technology is breaking borders, treating extremism and source of nuclear energy will be the key topics to be discussed during the WGS 2017.
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