UAE set to be among the best by 2021

DUBAI - The government aims to position the UAE among the best countries in the world by 2021, the Economy Minister Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri said at the opening of the World Economic Forum’s Summit on the Global Agenda on Monday.

By Abdul Basit

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Published: Tue 30 Nov 2010, 11:01 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 11:35 AM

The third Summit on the Global Agenda in Dubai is being held in partnership with the UAE represented by the Government of Dubai. The Summit will run until December 1.

The Dubai meet is the pre-summit to the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, which will take place in January 2011.

“A realistic assessment of the challenges we face and the innovative solutions we propose are reflected in the key pillars of the UAE vision 2021, aimed to position the UAE among the best countries in the world by 2021, our Golden Jubilee year of the formation of our federation,” Al Mansouri told the participants at the forum.

The minister said the Summit is a strong platform to benchmark the various concerns that the region faces against global realities.

As a strong proponent of international collaboration, the UAE sees the Summit as a forum that highlights the importance of collaborative effort and knowledge-sharing to promote the collective goals of humanity, Al Mansouri said.

It also underscores the evolution of the nation as a thought leader that promotes incisive thinking and forges effective partnerships to address the pressing socio-economic challenges faced by the world, he added.

“The sustainable development model we hope to evolve subsequently will enrich initiatives in critical areas such as economic diversification, entrepreneurial development, healthcare, education, job creation, women’s empowerment and renewable energy, to name a few,” Al Mansouri said, who is also co-chair of the summit.

“We are confident this Summit will imbue participants with insightful knowledge that helps steer the world towards a brighter future.

The minister said the event underscores the UAE successful association with the World Economic Forum in promoting partnerships that drive sustainable progress and equitable development across the world.

“Dubai is proud to host the Summit on the Global Agenda for the third consecutive year and to provide a platform for these important discussions aimed at addressing fundamental global imbalances and achieving long-term sustainable growth,” said Sami Dhaen Al Qamzi, Director-General of the Department of Economic Development of the Government of Dubai and co-chair of the Summit.

“Dubai looks forward to welcoming the global thought leaders who will contribute to redesigning the international system for the 21st century, and also to greeting members of the public at the first-ever Open Forum being hosted on the sidelines of the Summit,” he added.

The UAE embraces new technologies and new ideas, Al Mansouri said, adding: “We build roads and ports and airports that connect our nation and the world. We build hospitals and universities and financial centres of excellence.”

“We are focused on developing our infrastructure for the benefit of the over 200 nationalities who call this nation home — and for the millions more who visit us every year. Our eyes are set on the future. We are focused on how the world will look in the future, and not on how it is going to end today.”

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