Sheikh Mohammed’s comments came on the occasion of the launch of the World Government Summit 2022 that features the participation of thought leaders and decision makers from around the world, reports Asian Lite News

The World Government Summit provides a platform to discuss new ideas and insights that can shape a better future for humankind and raise the readiness of governments to navigate current and future changes, said Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai.

Sheikh Mohammed’s comments came on the occasion of the launch of the World Government Summit 2022 that features the participation of thought leaders and decision makers from around the world.

Sheikh Mohammed said, “The UAE is keen to share its development experience with other countries, as part of its constant endeavour to support initiatives aimed at advancing human prosperity. Our country will continue to support all forward-looking initiatives that aim to create a brighter future for our planet.”

He explained the Summit is an annual event that seeks to foster cooperation between world governments by creating a forum for sharing best practices and experiences in transforming government systems and models.

Sheikh Mohammed continued, “Through the process of anticipating the future and enhancing readiness to navigate future change, governments can develop effective strategies and policies for sustainable growth and development. Being aware of what awaits us in the future enables us to develop more advanced systems that can accelerate progress.”

In today’s evolving environment, governments need to innovate to raise their ability to embrace change and meet the needs of the people.

“The hopes of billions of people depend on the strategies, initiatives and proactive solutions provided by governments to face current and future challenges,” he noted.

The World Government Summit embodies the vision of Sheikh Mohammed to create a global platform dedicated to shaping future governments. The Summit seeks to set the agenda for leaders and policymakers to debate on how the next generation of governments can harness innovation and technology to solve the challenges facing humanity today and in the future.

Since its inception, the Summit has championed the mission of shaping future governments and creating a better future for humanity. Past editions of the Summit have developed new models to collaborate on an international playing field to inspire and enable the next generation of governments.

Held under the theme ‘Shaping Future Governments’, the World Government Summit 2022 brings thought leaders, global experts and decision makers from around the globe to share and contribute to the development of tools, policies, and models that are essential in shaping future governments.

‘Arab youth are quick, tech-savvy, and proactive’

Policy and education leaders said that Arab youth need the opportunity to engage in the policymaking process to develop resilient mindsets and harness the full potential of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR).

These calls to empower young citizens came during the first session in the Arab Youth Leaders Meeting, organised by the Arab Youth Center (AYC). It was supported by the Arab League and the Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council, with the participation of youth ministers, youth workers, and multilateral organisations.

The session, entitled ‘Empowering Workers and Building Capacity in the Youth Work Sector’, took place as part of the World Government Summit 2022 at Expo 2020 Dubai.

Policy experts highlighted key gaps and recommendations to support the professional development of young Arabs. The discussion was held between Dr. Ali Al Lawati, President of the Royal Academy of Management in Oman, Dr. Abdullah Al Ghamdi, CEO of Education for Employment Foundation – KSA, and Dr. Mishaal Al Subaie, Deputy Director-General of the Youth Development Sector and the Youth Projects Sector in Kuwait.

Discussing the challenges facing young people, Dr. Al Lawati said, “The fourth industrial revolution is not technical or political, it is social, and it is being driven by young people. They are more tech-savvy than governments, but we cannot address the challenge of developing young people with skills training alone. The new generation is digitally connected but socially disconnected, and in today’s digital economy, character traits are more important than skills.”

For his part, Dr. Al Ghamdi emphasised the need to engage young people in developing the policies that will impact them.

Al Subaie stressed the importance of recognising the varying needs of young people.

‘Youth and sustainable development’

Shamma bint Suhail Al Mazrouei, Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Vice President of the Arab Youth Center (AYC) said that government institutions have a duty to provide youth with skills and opportunities to become drivers of sustainable human, economic and governmental development.

Speaking today during the ‘Power of the Youth: The Multiplier Effect’ session, held as part of the inaugural Arab Meeting for Young Leaders, at the World Government Summit (WGS2022), Al Mazrouei said, “When we are confident and driven by our belief in the youth, we can make a great impact.

“Our mission today and every day is to always have their best interests in mind, to preserve the sparkle in their eyes, and invest for their benefit and the benefit of our countries.”

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