WGS 2024: 10 key announcements from the summit in Dubai

The next World Governments Summit (WGS) will be held between 18 and 20 February 2025.
WGS 2024: 10 key announcements from the summit in Dubai
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum at the WGS 2024.

The recently concluded World Governments Summit (WGS) brought together 4,000 experts from 140 governments, 85 international organisations and 700 global corporations. The dignitaries took part in more than 110 plenary sessions and interactive dialogues.

Mohammad bin Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs and Chairman of the World Governments Summit Organisation, said the event continues to cement its status as a global benchmark for improving government work. It also plays a key role in formulating long-term strategies of constructive international cooperation.

“It is now time to maximise this experience and position is as a reference for future visions that will put humanity on a new path of development, growth and prosperity,” he said.

The 2024 WGS took place under the theme of ‘Shaping Future Governments’, and invited governments, international organizations, thought leaders, and private sector leaders to identify innovative solutions for future challenges.

Key announcements, agreements signed at WGS:

  1. Etihad Rail and Dubai’s RTA signed an MoU for developing ticket booking and fare payment solutions through the nol system.
  2. AI company AI71 signed an MoU with the Abu Dhabi Department of Health to advance healthcare innovation.
  3. Sheikh Maktoum officially launched the Buna Payment System for the Arab Regional Payments Clearing and Settlement Organization.
  4. A foundation stone for Bharat Mart, a market and trading platform for Indian businesses in Dubai, was laid.
  5. The UAE’s Office for Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy, and Remote Work Applications, in collaboration with Emirates Global Aluminium, entered into an MoU to advance the integration of AI within the industrial sector.
  6. The Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure launched the Big Data Ecosystem and the Digital Twin Platform.
  7. Omar bin Sultan Al Olama launched the “Building Responsible Artificial Intelligence Forum (BRAIN)”.
  8. Dubai Municipality signed a waste-to-aviation fuel MoU with N.V. Besix S.A., Marubeni Middle East and Africa Power Limited (MAMEA), and ENOC Marketing.
  9. Governments face a risk of up to $30 trillion from disasters if they don’t build up resilience, a report said.
  10. RTA said it aims to convert 25 percent of Dubai’s total transportation to autonomous mode by 2030.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has issued directives for hosting the next WGS between 11 and 13 February 2025.


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