‘UAE will influence future, not get influenced by it’

‘UAE will influence future, not get influenced by it’

Dubai - Al Gergawi welcomed the official delegations from participating countries and international organizations.

By Agencies

Published: Mon 8 Feb 2016, 3:57 PM

Last updated: Tue 9 Feb 2016, 12:33 AM

Research and innovation are essential as the world’s government work to adapt to an uncertain future, UAE Minister of Cabinet Affairs and Chairman of the Organising Committee of the World Government Summit, Mohammed Al Gergawi said on Monday.
In the inaugural address of this year’s summit, Al Gergawi said this year’s summit originated with the leadership of the President, His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who has led the UAE in becoming a platform for knowledge and positive change in the world.
Al Gergawi noted that the summit is being supervised by His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, who has advocated a forward-looking approach to new developments. He has also noted that an exploration of the future is essential for governments to avoid wasting wealth and time in future generations.
“Today begin the proceedings of the summit, but it will not end after three days,” Al Gergawi said. “We will continue to communicate with you and the march of research and knowledge will continue to move forward.”
“The meetings and exchange of experiences will continue throughout the year, because we always want to be a part of the future, influencing it and not getting influenced by it, while keeping abreast of the changes and not resistant to them,” he added.
Additionally, Al Gergawi noted that happiness must be an important goal of governments.
“This is the vision we have set out for our government in the UAE and this is what Shaikh Mohammed has identified as an indicator of the performance of all our works and all our projects,” he said.

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