Day 3 at the World Government Summit 2018 in Dubai
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Global speakers and delegates gathered on Tuesday for the last day of the three-day World Government Summit.
As many as 4,000 delegates are expected to attend the event including heads of governments and representatives of 16 international organisations.
The sixth edition of the annual thought gala is hosting 130 speakers and 120 sessions mostly focused on shaping governments.
The summit will draw to a close with the presentation of awards at the summit venue at Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai.
The World Government Summit Award Ceremony is underway
The UAE bagged two awards for having the Best Mobile Government Services during the closing ceremony of the sixth World Government Summit on Tuesday.
Dubai Police’s app won in the Protecting Human Life category of the fifth cycle of the award and The UAE Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation’s app was selected in the Enabling Business Category.
His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai was present during the honoring ceremony, where he had also honored winners of the Edge of Government Award and the Global Universities Challenge Award.
In the Best Mobile Government Service Award, which received more than 3,000 nominations from 77 countries, it sought to honor pioneers in their race towards solving common global challenges and benefiting humanity.
H.H. Shaikh Saif Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, presented the winners of the Best m-Government Service Award.
The #WorldGovSummit Award Ceremony will now commence. Stay tuned as we reveal this year's winners.— World Gov Summit (@WorldGovSummit) February 13, 2018
• The winner of the Best m-Government Service Award for the Accessible Government Category is India’s Umang.
• The winner of the Best m-Government Service Award for the Effective Mobility Category is UK’s City Mapper.
• The winner of the Best m-Government Service Award for the Protecting Human Life Category is UAE’s Dubai Police.
• The winner of the Best m-Government Service Award for the Enhancing Social & Cultural Awareness Category is My Hong Kong Guide
• The winner of the Best m-Government Service Award for the Building Knowledge Category is Jordan’s Edraak
• The winner of the Best m-Government Service Award for the Enabling Business Category to Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation.
• The winner of the Best m-Government Service Award for the Sustainable Living Category is France’s eCO2Mix
• Winner of the Best Government Emerging Technologies Award, are Australia’s National Cities Performance Framework, Tanzania’s portable DNA sequence device, and India’s Aadhaar
• The 1st Place Winner of the World’s Virtual GovHack Award, is Clean Water A.I, second and third place goes to Cycle and Smart Tenders respectively.
His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, is on stage to present the following awards.
• The winner of the Edge of Government Award is Mobilizing Constructions from Kenya.
• The winner of the Global Universities Challenge is the London Business School
Shaikh Abdullah calls for renewed emphasis on education to meet future
His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Education and Human Resources Council, UAE, taking the stage at #WorldGovSummit to speak about An Education System That Serves Jobs Of The Future.— World Gov Summit (@WorldGovSummit) February 13, 2018
When the Gulf pearl industry collapsed in the 20th Century, the UAE adapted and diversified to meet new economic and social challenges, said Shaikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, at the World Government Summit on Tuesday.
And as the world now moves into deepening globalisation, technology and automated technology in coming years, the UAE will once again rise to the challenge to embrace a very different economic future, he said in an address.— World Gov Summit (@WorldGovSummit) February 13, 2018
In his capacity as chairman of the Education and Human Resources Council in the UAE, Shaikh Abdullah told delegates in the closing hours of the summit that a renewed national effort is needed to bolster the country’s education system to ensure today’s children have the latest skills for the future.
While the UAE ranks first in terms of human capital in the Arab world, Shaikh Abdullah said the UAE’s rank globally is 45th.
In coming years, automation and artificial intelligence is predicted to eliminate more than two-thirds of low-and medium skilled jobs, delegates heard.
“Most of our skills will be useless [in the future] with automation,” Shaikh Abdullah said. “We will witness many failures because many routine and managerial jobs will be substituted by artificial intelligence.
“We are now discussing an education system that would allow us to be globally competitive,” said Shaikh Abdullah. “Our children, boys and girls, have to know they aren’t only competing against each other, but other students around the world.”
Teaching children in early education years, Shaikh Abdullah said, to acquire new skills such as critical thinking and latest digital skills will help them cope with greater market challenges.
“We have to teach our citizens new skills … and not to settle for skills in the current market that will not equip us for future markets,” he said.
Shaikh Abdullah said what’s needed is to “break old molds, we need a new education system that looks into the future and encourages competitiveness.”
Attracting and securing good, qualified teachers who are prepared for the future are critical to the years ahead, he said.
Delegates speak to Gulf News
Delegates attending the sixth World Government Summit (WGS) said they were optimistic about the future after taking part in over 120 sessions across the three-day event.
Gulf News spoke to a handful of 4,000 delegates on the final day of the large event who believed the summit gathering has shed light on the latest developments across various fields that would help improve government work and offer better services to help serve societies.
Dr Rakiatou Christelle Kaffa, Minister of Public Service and Administration Reform in Niger, said she saw the event was a knowledge platform where she was able to understand the vision of the world for the future.
“This was my first time to attend the summit, and in my opinion, it’s a great gathering because you get to meet and hear experts coming from different backgrounds, whether scientific, political or financial. It was very impressive and enlightening.”
She added that the summit has given her hope on how her country can encourage youth to continue their education and not drop out of school early. “Perhaps we can do something to change this and keep them at school.”
Another delegate, Thuraya Al Hosani, an English teacher from the Ministry of Education said she enjoyed hearing about all the developments and advancements happening in the UAE in various fields and sectors.
“As an educator, when you hear about the developments in our country, our role is to deliver such thoughts and messages to students. It’s nice to understand the path the country is taking in every field. In one of the sessions a well-known expert spoke about the importance of education and how teachers are the main backbone of the nation’s progress. He also spoke about how there should be continuous dialogue and interaction with students.”
Meanwhile, Abbas Kazmi, Managing Partner, Collegiate Capital, believes there is lots of hope for the region, in terms of developments going on particularly in fields of Artificial Intelligence and technology space.
“There was a very interesting range of speakers this year and many recommendations for policy makers, such as what governments can do not just in areas of business only, but areas of technology, arts, culture, happiness of people,” he said.
Also, Srini Reddy, VP& Business Head at Tech Mahindra, a company that provides IT advisory service to the public sector, said: What was mostly interesting was the way thought leaders are bringing in their own area of specialization applying to various government sectors. The sessions were very thought-provoking and change our regular way of thinking.”
will.i.am at the World Government Summit
One of the popular sessions of the final day of the World Government Summit was a conversation with will.I.am.— World Gov Summit (@WorldGovSummit) February 13, 2018
The American musician, singer and rapper and a founding member of the hip hop band Black eyed Peas, participated in the summit to address the session - Access to Technology and Development.
In 2009, will.i.am launched the i.am.angel Foundation lives through education, inspiration and opportunity. The foundation administers charitable activities and programs targeted towards providing college scholarships (i.am scholarship), college preparation (i.am College Track), and opportunities in STEAM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics).
“I am a techie, not a musician. My instrument is the computer which I use to bring joy to people," he begins.
“With music I was able to take my family out of the ghetto, then I realized my friends are in the ghetto, so I took my money and built schools in the ghetto, to bring them out of the ghetto.
I have seen a huge transformation in our community."
“Governments need to do more to bring education and technology to all communities. Human intelligence should be just as important as artificial intelligence.”— World Gov Summit (@WorldGovSummit) February 13, 2018
“Every time there is a revolution, there is panic. This is the fourth industrial revolution. Are you an agent of change or are you just a part of the world? I encourage everyone to be an agent of change,” he says.
Dramatic shift for future
Globalisation and emerging technologies are morphing world governments, markets and institutions at such a rapid pace that old-hardware models are failing to keep up with change, said experts Tuesday at World Government Summit in Dubai.
But it’s not too late to meet future challenges for those who step up efforts now to meet the future, they said.
Roberto Azevedo, Director General of the World Trade Organisation, said expected job loss in coming years can be attributed more to emerging technology than globalisation and said his 164-member global group is working hard to embrace change.— World Gov Summit (@WorldGovSummit) February 13, 2018
Old trade networks and systems used to transport goods around the world are still needed, but Azevedo said, said new digital consumerism is impacting heavily the bricks-and-mortar retail market and its value chains.
"When someone invented the wheel, someone lost a job,” Azevedo said, noting that digital empires such as Amazon are rewriting how people shop and consume goods.— World Gov Summit (@WorldGovSummit) February 13, 2018
“E-commerce is a reality that is not going to go away, it’s growing faster,” he said. “Business to consumer changes the world completely.”
Malcolm Gladwell, New Yorker journalist and author of five books, also sounded a warning to summit delegates that historic, institutional approaches dating back two or three centuries are not effective enough to meet more modern dilemmas.
“Government institutions are based on models coming from the 19th or 18th centuries,” Gladwell said. “We expect our governments to provide security, enforce elements of law, and prevent disasters and unforeseen events,” he said. “But there has been a dramatic shift in what people want and need from their governments.”
Dubai has just issued a $5 million Global Challenge
Dubai has just announced at World Government Summit a new global challenge in best self-driving transport solutions, with a total prize purse of $5 million.
The winners in different categories - such as start-ups, large firms and research institutes- will be awarded in October 2019 during the first Dubai World Congress in Self-Driving Transport.
The contest will be held once every two years.
The announcement was made during a press conference at the summit on Tuesday.
Participants at the press conference included participants will included Mattar Al Tayer, Director General and Chairman of the Board of Directors, RTA; Dr Aref Al Hammadi, Deputy Director, Khalifa University; and John Rossant, Chairman of New Cities.
The initiative will be held in association with Khalifa University and New Cities, a non-profit organisation that studies the impact of disruptive technology on cities.
DEWA is looking towards the future— World Gov Summit (@WorldGovSummit) February 13, 2018
Major innovation undertaken by Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) has placed Dubai in good stead to meet the future, said the utility provider’s top manager on Tuesday on the final day of World Government Summit.
In the opening address of the morning, Saeed Al Tayer, Managing Director and CEO of Dewa said “we were able to raise electricity production to 8.6MW efficiency … without new assets, new turbines, new plants or more fuel.”
Al Tayer said the new Dh50 billion Mohammad Bin Rashid Solar Park project now under construction will provide 5,000MW of clean energy, adding generating capacity to Dubai’s power grid and reducing “6.5 million tonnes of carbon emissions.”
Dewa, to build a concentrated solar power project using thousands of mirrors will direct collected sunlight to a 260-metre tower, the tallest in the world, said Al Tayer.
The largest hydroelectric pumped storage station project in the region is being built in Hatta, #Dubai. It will have a storage capacity of 250MW, announced H.E. Saeed Al Tayer, @DEWAOfficial. #WorldGovSummit— World Gov Summit (@WorldGovSummit) February 13, 2018
Live streaming: How Day 2 unfolded
Training is essential and tech should serve humanity
Bill McDermott, CEO of SAP, believes that students do not graduate from school ready for the modern world and training is essential. “I will not abandon the budget for the training of students and graduates in my company, even if they do not work in the post.”— World Gov Summit (@WorldGovSummit) February 12, 2018
People need to get practical training in a curriculum that mirrors a field job, education today is narrow and not enough to prepare people for the hi-tech jobs of tomorrow.
On Artificial Intelligence
“Technology, unless it serves humanity is without purpose. Our purpose is to help the world run better. And we need these modern technologies.”— World Gov Summit (@WorldGovSummit) February 12, 2018
McDermott continues, “I believe in augmented humanity, where the machine, computer and humanity work together to serve the greater good”
McDermott touches on Dubai and investments in Police Robots. “These robots can serve the greater good. There is a purpose for this, and it is to serve humanity and not to harm humanity.
It’s a good thing to automate processes to provide safety for humans. Where robots can intercede. You don’t replace humans, there will be more opportunities for the humans.
The humans should do the more sophisticated, judgement-oriented work. The grind can be done by the machine.”
“Don’t fight it – lean into it.”
A surprise guest at the WGS 2018 news bunker
His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, breezed quickly on his annual tour through the media centre in the basement bunker at Madinat Jumeirah, home to the World Government Summit.
Leading an entourage, Shaikh Mohammad made an inspection of more than 100 journalists at work who are assembled in a sea of laptops and camera gear.
Shaikh Mohammad stopped to shake hands with surprised bystanders.— 24Live (@20fourLive) February 12, 2018
Journalists and public-relations staff whipped out their smartphones for an impromptu media scrum of sorts with cameras flashing as Shaikh Mohammad passed through the human crush.
"Was that Shaikh Mo?" queried one bespectacled young reporter hammering away so hard on her computer that she didn't even notice the clamour in the room.
Stunting hurts future job prospects
In coming years, 150 million people will leave their jobs around the globe while 300 million young people will be searching for work, says Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank.
“The problem of creating new jobs is with us right now,” Kim said at World Government Summit on Monday.
By 2030, the gap is expected to widen to 182 million people looking for jobs that may not be available as artificial intelligence and automation wipe out low-skilled jobs that are waning long since the advent of the industrial revolution, he said.
And as the world becomes more interconnected digitally through the internet and social media, increasing aspirations by everyone around the world, a lot of people may be in for major disappointments in the years ahead unless governments act now to head off the problem.
“What happens when aspirations go up and all the jobs go away?” asked Kim. ”Fifty per cent of all jobs today will be eliminated by automation. Sixty-five per cent of all primary students will do jobs that don’t exist today. How we train people will have to change.”
Invest in your people
His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince are currently attending the "Importance for Governments in Investing in Human Capital" session by Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank.
جيم يونغ كيم: أفضل استثمار هو الاستثمار في تطوير الأفراد. #القمة_العالمية_للحكومات— World Gov Summit (@WorldGovSummit) February 12, 2018
"In Singapore you finish secondary school and have the equivalent of five more years than students in Malawi and Ghana," says Jim Yong Kim, President, World Bank.
"Oman spent on educational spending and they saw a huge difference in educational outcome."
Vietnam is an important example - over 18 per cent of their budget to education and GDP per capital put them in lower to middle income but in the PISA (Programme from international Student assessment) test they scored the same as Germany.
Arianna Huffington, Founder of Thrive Global, speaking at the session titled 'The 3rd Women’s Revolution'
“The way we are working is not working,’’ says the founder of Huffington Post Arianna Huffington.
Speaking to delegates on Sunday at World Government Summit, Huffington said there is a major health crisis in the world in which people are taking better care of their phones, than they are of their own bodies.
A self-declared burnout victim, Huffington said smartphone owners know how much battery power they have left in their phones but usually have no idea how much battery power they have left inside their own bodies.
“We need to move away from being always on,” she said. “Here in the UAE, we have children here that are spending more than five hours a day on social media … we have data that shows any child who does that is likely to suffer from depression.”
Overloaded filtered reality of “a friend’s life” on social media creates a social-media envy that is harmful to children and adults alike that needs to be countered with better phone hygiene, she said.