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Exclusive - Gergawi: Digitization, AI Key Drivers in Future Governance

Exclusive - Gergawi: Digitization, AI Key Drivers in Future Governance

Wednesday, 13 February, 2019 - 09:15
UAE Minister of Cabinet Affairs Mohammad Al Gergawi. (WAM)
Dubai - Musaid al Zayani
The UAE World Government Summit 2019 (WGS) has cemented its position as a world-renowned platform for exchange on better governance, demonstrated by the outcomes of all seven previous editions, UAE Minister of Cabinet Affairs Mohammad Al Gergawi said.

In an interview with Asharq Al-Awsat, he stressed that the Summit has tackled the many questions surrounding the future of administrative work in governments with debates that presented a clearer image as to what could take place.

“The WGS is the largest gathering of expertise in the region and the world. It seeks to explore tools and mechanisms of government action in the future and identify the most important global changes and trends in this field,” Gergawi noted.

With a whopping participation of over 4,000 people from 140 countries, including heads of state, ministers and officials, the summit helps redefine the future of governments and unite efforts to shape the future of the world.

The summit includes 600 speakers ranging from heads of states, top thinkers, leaders and delegates and 30 international organizations. Additionally, 20 reports with the latest figures, studies and data will be published during the summit to help decision-makers and officials formulate future strategies.

World-famous speakers partaking in more than 200 interactive sessions on vital sectors will discuss the future of humanity, from climate change and fiscal policy to government service innovations and post-conflict social reconciliation.

With almost 100 ministers from around the world, more than 120 presidents and officials from leading international companies have all joined forces to address the issues of today and tomorrow.

When asked what the seventh WGS adds in experience to its preceding events, Gergawi said that theme of this “summit is to return to the underlying foundations that drive governance, which is the human factor.”

“The agenda of the summit adopts human rights as the main focus of government programs in the developmental and service sense. The summit, through its meetings, discussions and forums, is keen on exploring key issues and challenges facing humanity today,” he added.

Addressing the role played by technology in modern day government action, he remarked: “Today, rapid technological developments are no longer viewed in isolation from government mechanisms. Technology has become a yardstick for judging government action and its ability to evolve and modernize.”

“We must understand that technology in future governments is not merely complementary, but has become a key element, an engine, a catalyst, a developer and an integral component of hierarchical institutional infrastructure,” he stated.

“The government of the future, whose early days we are witnessing, is one that integrates automation, digitization and artificial intelligence.”

“Future states and republics will incorporate total digital governance. We must prepare for this very realistic technical leap that is open to all forms of innovation, requiring a tremendous capacity to adapt and master its mechanisms,” Gergawi said.

WGS meetings, forums and dialogues fall under seven main forward-looking trends: technology and its impact on future governments, education systems and their connectivity to labor markets and future skills, health and quality of life, environmental and climate change, defining frameworks of trade and international cooperation, information sharing and communication between governments and peoples and the future of individuals, communities and policies.

These are considered the seven vital drivers of government work and serve as the building blocks of future societies that enjoy stability and sustainable development.

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