Over 4,000 participants from 140 countries, including heads of state and top officials from 30 international organisations, took part in the seventh World Government Summit, held from February 10 to 12 at Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai. Here’s a brief look at what some of the most influential ones among them said at the summit:
1. Dubai’s Crown Prince His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid said that cities of the future could become the world’s bread basket to meet soaring global population growth.
2. Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan spoke of a new era for investment opportunities in the country as it seeks to unshackle itself from the corruption that has marred its reputation for many years.
3. Paul Kagame, President of a resurgent Rwanda, said Africa could realize its full potential by becoming one united continent. “Young Africans must be given a real stake in the future of their continent,” he said, as he addressed a brimming plenary hall at Madinat Jumeriah.
4. Actor-turned-philanthropist Harrison Ford said climate change was the greatest moral crisis of our time.
5. Leadership expert and entrepreneur Tony Robbins announced that he is collaborating with UAE leadership on a humanitarian project to feed 1bn people.
6. Talking to CNN staff, IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde candidly said artificial intelligence will drastically reshape the future of jobs and human intelligence, adding that even her own job will be “adjusted” in the future.
7. Pope Francis addressed the summit via a live video, where he said the UAE has started a new historical chapter in a modern, tolerant world.