The third annual Government Summit opened in Dubai, UAE, bringing together almost 4,000 participants from 93 countries to explore how technology and innovation will shape future governments and best meet citizens’ needs.
The first morning of the Summit featured keynote addresses by:
-Klaus Schwab, founder and Chairman of the World Economic Forum, regarding the new global context and its impact upon governments.
-Hwang Woo-yea, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education of the Republic of Korea, regarding education as the driving force in Korea’s development.
-Boo-Keun Yoon, President of Samsung Electronics, on Samsung’s approach to innovation to stay ahead of the curve.
“It is human imagination and innovation that drives economic change. Governments have an essential role to play – though innovation has tended to come from private business, governments have to be catalysts, driving the innovation in this ecosystem,” said Klaus Schwab, founder and Chairman of the World Economic Forum. “The future can only be solved by governments, working in close cooperation with businesses,” he added.
“The only way to get ahead was to reset the rules of the game,” commented Boo-Keun Yoon, President of Samsung Electronics. “I can say with confidence there is no challenge that cannot be overcome. There are as many ideas in the world as there are grains of sand in the desert, they’re just waiting to be found,” he added.
The Government Summit includes more than 50 sessions about how the next generation of governments will create and share technological developments more strategically. Topics include using artificial intelligence to meet public needs; unlocking the power of mobile-based government; the use of big data; and the future of healthcare and education for citizens. Envisioning cities of the future will also be a theme of the Summit, with attendees considering how technology can be used to improve how we live, work and commute.
The first day of the Summit also includes speeches by His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and Ban Ki Moon, Secretary General of the United Nations.