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March 3, 2024

UAE to host 11th World Government Summit from Feb 12-14

The UAE is set to host the 11th edition of the World Government Summit from February 12th to 14th to help states develop proactive solutions for future challenges.

The Summit will focus on the theme “Government of the Future.” It brings together more than 4000 participants including heads of states, governments, over 80 international and regional organizations, along with 120 government delegations, and a distinguished assembly of global thought leaders and experts from around the globe to promote international cooperation and adopt rapidly growing technologies to improve the lives of societies.

Over the three-day summit, the delegations will discuss sustainable economic growth, artificial intelligence, future governments, education, healthcare services, food security and urban expansion. Over 200 speakers ranging from presidents and ministers to thinkers and policy makers will review factors that shape future governments in 110 sessions and panel discussions.

UAE Minister of Cabinet Affairs Mohammad Al-Gergawi said that the summit is a platform that gathers world leaders, NGOs, and the private sector to bridge gaps, promote dialogue and encourage positive shifts for all governments around the world.

Some of the notable attendees include Ajay Banga, president of the World Bank, Kristalina Georgieva, managing director of the International Monetary Fund, Klaus Schwab, chairperson of the World Economic Forum, and Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general of the World Health Organization.

Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul-Gheit and Gulf Cooperation Council Secretary-General Jasem Albudaiwi will also be among the attendees, in addition to several tech experts and AI specialists such as Sam Altman, CEO of OpenAI, which developed ChatGPT, Alex Karp, CEO of Palantir Technologies; and Eric Schmidt, Former CEO of Google.

The summit, Al-Gergawi said, would see the biggest participation of international organizations and NGOs since its inception in 2013.

Placing a special focus on AI, the UAE will also host on the sidelines of the summit the annual gathering of Time100 AI, which lists the 100 most influential people in the sector including leaders, policymakers, artists, and entrepreneurs from around the world.

It will also welcome eight Nobel prize winners, and provide a platform for 23 ministerial meetings in the presence of more than 300 ministers.