Obama hails US-UAE ties at World Government Summit in Dubai

February 8, 2016 6:40 pm

The US President, Barack Obama, said his country was proud to be a partner of the UAE.

While speaking via video link at the World Government Summit in Dubai, Obama said both the countries together can ensure that children receive better education opportunities to prepare them for the global economy.

He also asked governments across the Middle East to make a “commitment to justice and human rights.”

“When governments truly invest in their citizens, their education and health, and when universal human rights are upheld, countries are more peaceful, more prosperous and more successful,” Obama remarked.

The fourth edition of the annual summit opened on Monday (February 8) as heads of governments and top industry leaders gathered in the city to discuss about the best ways to develop the future of governments.

The summit saw the presence of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and also Egyptian Prime Minister Sherif Ismail.

Jim Yong Kim, President, World Bank Group; Jose Angel Gurria, Secretary-General of the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development; and Professor Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum spoke at the summit.

Schwab said it was time for governments to embrace the fast-evolving changes in technology that have brought about the advent of the fourth Industrial Revolution.

He urged governments to recognise that the availability of human talent adds a valuable competitive advantage to nations.

“Governments must put the whole emphasis on the development of human capital… Capitalism, in some ways, has been replaced by talent-ism.”

Dr Nabil Al Arabi, Secretary General of the Arab League, and Dr Abdul Latif Al Zayani, Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), also addressed the summit, which saw the participation of more than 3,000 officials from 125 countries.



Mujeeb Rahman
By Mujeeb Rahman
Mujeeb Rahman is a business journalist at AMEinfo. His areas of focus include economy, markets, politics and international relations in MENA and Asia-Pacific regions. An ex-BBC digital journalist, he delves deeper into the subjects that matter most.