Indian PM Modi to attend Dubai's World Government Summit as agenda is announced

Indian leader Narendra Modi, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Qatar's Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman to be guests of honour

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend the World Governments Summit next week. AP
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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Qatar's Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani will take part in next week's World Governments Summit.

The three leaders will lead high-level delegations from their countries, which have been named guests of honour at the 11th annual global gathering.

They will be among more than 25 world leaders and heads of state attending the summit at Madinat Jumeirah.

Mohammed Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs and chairman of the World Governments Summit, said the selection of the three countries as guests of honour reflected their deep-rooted ties with the UAE.

The agenda for the summit was announced on Wednesday night.

This year's summit – which runs from February 12 to 14 – will feature more than 4,000 delegates from the public and private sectors, including 200 speakers from 80 international, regional and intergovernmental organisations such as the UN, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the World Health Organisation, the International Atomic Energy Agency and the Arab League.

It will include 15 conferences aimed at defining the future of AI, government services, urbanisation, education and smart mobility.

There will be six additional conferences to cover health, sustainable development, future economies and advanced technology.

Preparing for the future

The opening pre-summit day of the event – held under the theme "Shaping Future Governments" – on Sunday will feature the Arab Fiscal Forum, in which Kristalina Georgieva, managing director of the International Monetary Fund, will address delegates.

The forum will explore economic developments, energy subsidiary reforms and social safety nets.

Other key events on Sunday will include the Arab Meeting for Young Leaders, the World Bank Group Ministerial Experience Exchange and the Ministerial Roundtable with Arab Youth Ministers.

Other sessions during the week will include as the Future of Work Forum and the Future of Mobility Forum taking centre stage.

A ministerial meeting on climate action through sustainable finance, a family business conference, and another addressing scientific discovery and applications, with input from a group of Nobel laureates, will also take place.

A geo-technology and policy forum and another on artificial intelligence will also be stagd.

Topics to be discussed vary from AI challenges and opportunities through the space economy to decarbonisation.

Sheikh Saif bin Zayed, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, will address a key session during the summit.

Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed, chairwoman of the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority and daughter of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, will take part in a session on the new government vision for creative industries.

Panels taking place on February 14 will include forums focused on the future of space, education and global health.

Several awards will be handed out during the international conference, including the annual best minister in the world title and an accolade for global government excellence.

Global line-up

Other heads of state attending the event include Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda, and Kenyan President William Ruto.

Sadyr Japarov, President of the Kyrgyz Republic, Andry Rajoelina, President of Madagascar, Dr Mohamed Muizzu, President of the Maldives, Mauritius President Prithvirajsing Roopun and Seychelles President Wavel Ramkalawan will also be present.

Key players in the evolution of the technology sector such as OpenAI co-founder Sam Altman and Jensen Huang, chief executive, co-founder and president of the Nvidia Corporation, will also help to shape the debate.

Modi's UAE tour

Mr Modi's appearance at the World Governments Summit will come in a week in which the Indian leader already has two high-profile engagements in the Emirates.

He will address the Indian community at Abu Dhabi's Zayed Sports City stadium on February 13.

More than 30,000 people had already registered to attend the major event as of January 25.

Mr Modi will conclude his tour by inaugurating the capital’s first Hindu temple on February 14.

Updated: February 11, 2024, 10:23 AM