50 female leaders to discuss women’s role at WGS

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UAE ministers endorsed the central role the World Government Summit (WGS) will play in defining the future of vital economic sectors, noting that the global forum will shape the nation’s path for the next 50 years…reports Asian Lite News

They expressed their support during the WGS Dialogue, held at Dubai’s Museum of the Future, and discussed key developments that will take center stage at the Summit’s eighth edition (WGS2022) on 29-30 March – from cryptocurrencies and the metaverse, to energy, renewable power, gender equality and youth.

The WGS Dialogue was attended by Dr. Sultan bin Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology and UAE Special Envoy for Climate Change; Abdulla bin Touq Al Marri, UAE Minister of Economy; Ohood Al Roumi, Minister of State for Government Development & the Future and Vice Chairwoman of WGS; Shamma bint Suhail Al Mazrui, along with other ministers and officials.

Ohood Al Roumi said she would introduce two new events at the World Government Summit: the Arab Public Administration Forum and the Women in Government Forum.

The Women in Government Forum underscores the importance WGS ascribes to empowering women, achieving gender balance, supporting women in government, and ensuring they are a key pillar of strategic leadership.

Many global indices, including a report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, indicated that the rate of women employed in the public sector reached 56.9% globally. World Bank data shows that the percentage of women in senior government positions totaled less than 30%, and the percentage of women ministers is only around 21%.

Ohood Al Roumi said the forum – which brings together 50 women government leaders – will encourage governments to raise awareness of the importance of women in the public sector. It also aim to develop a new generation of young, global government leaders. She also noted that the forum aims to build a network of government women leaders while also strengthening partnerships to promote participation in public work.

“The World Government Summit provides an important platform for dialogue on key topics, challenges and opportunities that shape the future of governments. The upcoming eighth edition places sustainability at the center of the agenda and it will be held alongside the Atlantic Council Global Energy Forum, advancing the global energy dialogue. We look forward to convening global leaders and policymakers at the summer,” Dr Al Jaber said.

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During his WGS Dialogues speech, Abdulla bin Touq Al Marri stressed that World Government Summit begins as the UAE prepares for the next 50 years of growth and development. He said 2022 will be the year of recovery for many global economies and a turning point when growth will surpass pre-pandemic levels for many industries.

The Ministry of Economy, in partnership with the World Government Summit, will launch the first Investopia Investment Summit. It aims to accelerate the growth of new industries, double the size of the national economy by 2030 and enhance the country’s position as a leading investment hub.

Abdulla bin Touq Al Marri said: “The first edition of Investopia will serve as an economic extension of the World Government Summit. It will cover key topics, including prospects for global growth with a focus on emerging markets, industry transformations, next-generation financial technology, digital assets, sustainable finance, green investment, VR technologies, agritech and healthcare, the creative industries and more.”