Sultan Al Mansouri Delivers Keynote at the Summit on the Global Agenda 2013 in Abu Dhabi

WAM ABU DHABI, 18th November, 2013 (WAM)–Summit Co-Chairs Sultan Al Mansouri, Minister of Economy, and Nasser Alsowaidi, Chairman Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development, both delivered opening remarks at the Summit on the Global Agenda 2013, being held from 18-20 November at Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi.

Also in attendance at the Summit’s Opening Plenary session were Mohammed Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs, Suhail Al Mazrouei, Minister of Energy, Dr Rashid Ahmed bin Fahad, Minister of Environment and Water; and Sultan bin Nasser Al-Suwaidi, Governor, UAE Central Bank. Abu Dhabi Executive Council members in the audience included Khaldoon Al Mubarak, Chairman, Executive Affairs Authority of Abu Dhabi, Major General Obaid Al Hairi Salem Al Ketbi, Deputy General Commander of Abu Dhabi Police; and Dr Mugheer Khamis Al Khaili, General Manager, Abu Dhabi Education Council.

Jointly hosted by the Government of the United Arab Emirates and the Government of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, together with the World Economic Forum, the Summit sees more than 900 global thought leaders from 80 countries convening in the UAE capital to discuss solutions to global challenges at the invitation-only meeting. It is the sixth time that the UAE has hosted the Summit on the Global Agenda, and the second time that it has been held in Abu Dhabi.

Sultan Al Mansouri stated, “As proactive participants in the global community, the governments of the UAE and the Emirate of Abu Dhabi have been contributing to the international efforts to address the world’s greatest challenges. At this important forum that fosters global collaboration, we in the UAE are delighted to share our own growth experience, which has been built on the welfare and prosperity of the people living in this country.” Speaking at the Opening Plenary, Nasser Alsowaidi said “In recent years, the world has witnessed significant political and economic change. In times such as these, the need for greater international cooperation is magnified. Situated at the dynamic centre of the Arab World, the UAE is committed to playing its part to facilitate and strengthen these global connections, through increased social, political and economic cooperation. This week’s Summit is a perfect example.” Other attendees of the Opening Plenary included heads of Abu Dhabi entities such as Abu Dhabi Global Market, Higher Colleges of Technology, ADNOC, TwoFour54 and Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi.

A number of senior UAE and local government and private sector representatives, who contribute to the various Councils, will also participate alongside the international delegates.

The theme of this year’s Summit – Driving Change Through Collaboration – will be taken forward by the Network of Global Agenda Councils, which were established in 2012 and comprise 86 groups of experts from academia, business, civil society, international organisations and government. Together, these councils discuss solutions for diverse globally-relevant challenges. Each of the 86 Councils comprises 15-20 members.

The agenda for the three-day Summit comprises a series of interactive sessions and council-based discussions. Some of the topics being addressed include climate change, demographic shifts, transformation in the global economy, global security, technological advancements, and cross-border business opportunities. It will be concluded by a session to discuss Summit outcomes and to coalesce on strategies for impact.

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