The Third Government Summit
- 4 February 2015
The UAE has built a new model of engagement between the people and the government by organizing an event every year called the Government Summit. The major event is part of a framework striving toward contributing to the process of human development. Since the launch of the Summit couple of years ago, it has turned into an international forum for exchanging ideas and opinion among governments, individuals, institutions. This exchange takes place in an atmosphere of freedom and openness and shared responsibility, which allows all segments of the society to participate in shaping their future and that of their countries.
The third Governmental Summit will be held in the UAE from February 9-11, marking a new phase in the march towards development. The forthcoming Summit will include a number of events, which makes the event extremely important. The biggest highlight is going to be the presence of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, who will deliver the keynote address. The Summit will witness launch of several new initiatives such as the ‘Museum of the Future’ and discussions on issues of major significance like women’s role in decision-making, education, and new technologies. All these programs will make the Summit an important step on the path of the progress of humanity.
During the second Government Summit held last year the UAE government declared that it is reorienting its main method of functioning by moving from satisfying people to a much broader objective of making them happy. The change depicts the immense care that the state takes in providing services to its citizens and the keenness it shows in making greater efforts in ensuring happiness. With a view to delivering what it promised the people, and considering that an unusual goal requires unusual tools, it declared during the Summit last year its transformation from the stage of e-government to that of smart government.
In sync with this step, the government has started to develop the applications, tools, policies and procedures needed as well as chalking out executive measures to make all government services available to people via smart phones and other modern communication devices. Since this is an unprecedented step not taken even by developed countries the UAE has thus offered a new model and concept of government functioning. This is also a new form of immediate, open and unrestricted relations between the government and its people.
In the run up to the third Government Summit, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, spoke of the message that should be conveyed to the world through this event, marking a new term in functioning of the government, which is the ‘key to positive change’. His Highness termed it as “establishing adequate environment to enable people to unleash their energies so that they realize their dreams and ambitions and thus, their happiness.” He said the responsibility to find this key lies with governments, which are accountable for making peoples’ dreams come true.