World Government Summit 2018: WEF chairman says 2018 time of great change

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2018 time of great change: WEF chairman

The year 2018 will be a time of great change around the world, said Professor Klaus Schwab, Founder and Chairman of World Economic Forum, in the opening address at World Economic Summit on Sunday in Dubai.


“Never before has the speed of change been so great as in 2018,”Schwab told some of the 4,000 summit delegates attending in the main hall.

He encouraged everyone to meet the change and lauded UAE and Dubai officials for a great assembly of movers and shakers in the annual summit.

World Government Summit opens

A stellar line-up of global luminaries gather Sunday morning for the first full day of the three-day World Government Summit 2018, now in its sixth annual edition.

More than 120 sessions from February 11 to 13 will focus on the summit theme “Shaping Future Governments”.

As many as 4,000 delegates are expected to attend the event including heads of governments and representatives of 16 international organisations.

“The World Government Summit is a global platform dedicated to shaping the future of governments worldwide, a knowledge centre at the intersection between government, futurism, and technology,” said organisers in a statement.

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Mohammad Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs and the Future, Chairman of the World Government Summit, said the event “has become a permanent knowledge platform available to all governments and their activities throughout the year.”

He noted that through “the World Government Summit, we seek to create new models of international cooperation.”

The summit includes six global forums that will focus on unifying efforts to create a better future and a safe world that is blessed with peace, prosperity, and sustainability.

Modi to deliver inaugural speech

India has been named guest country at this year’s event, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi will deliver the inaugural speech of the guest country on day one.

A special delegation from the subcontinent will then showcase the country’s developmental experience in a special section titled ‘From India to The World’, which features streams on technology and innovation and India’s service sector. These special sessions will highlight innovation in vital sectors including healthcare, medicine and education.

French Prime Minister Edouard Phillipe will also address delegates in a keynote speech on Sunday

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