DUBAI (Xinhua) – The seventh session of the World Government Summit kicked off on Sunday in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE), with the participation of more than 4,000 people from 140 countries.
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“Human being is the centre of the World Government Summit. Our main aim is to foresee the future of different sectors to improve humanity,” Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE prime minister and ruler of Dubai, said.
He added that “the summit will unite efforts and ideas to reinforce people’s wellbeing.”
The summit began with the speech of Mohammed Abdullah Al Gergawi, minister of Cabinet Affairs and the Future, and Klaus Schwab, founder and executive chairman of World Economic Forum.
At the opening address, Schwab called for “Globalization 4.0” to address the rapidly complicating landscape presented by the fourth industrial revolution.
Referring to the post-cold war period of global growth, Mr Schwab said that it had lifted hundreds of millions out of poverty but “left winners and losers.”
The summit will include 600 speakers ranging from heads of states, top thinkers, leaders and delegates as well as 30 international organisations.