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Dubai all set for WGS 2018 grand opening
By a staff reporter February 10, 2018
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ABU DHABI: Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD), the leading national entity for development aid, is supporting the sixth edition of the World Government Summit (WGS 2018) that got underway on Saturday as a strategic partner.

A high-level delegation from the Fund is set to headline significant sessions and meetings over the three days of the definitive summit.

Alongside leading regional and international institutions, ADFD has participated in a series of sessions themed ‘SDGs in Action’ that discussed key challenges and solutions in implementing the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Featured for the third consecutive year, the theme serves as a dominant thread that connects different editions of the summit and convenes stakeholders from varied industries. Moreover, the 2018 edition of the ‘SDGs in Action’ event examined the theme of ‘Partnerships to Support Innovation’ in achieving the SDGs.

Today ADFD will join other distinguished panellists at the ‘STI Catalyzing Regional Development’ high-level panel, part of the newly launched Global Policy Platform. The session will examine the role of science, technology and innovation (STI) in driving sustainable development and economic growth.

Speaking on the occasion, Mohammed Saif Al Suwaidi, Director General of ADFD, said: “As a strategic partner, ADFD is proud to participate in the sixth edition of the World Government Summit. As a leading national institution driving sustainable development in 89 beneficiary countries, we are keen to support events that help shape global policy and the future of governments through bringing together the private and public sector to share best practices.”

He added: “The summit empowers governments to explore opportunities for future growth through exchanging experience in key development sectors including education, health care, science and technology. We are confident that the wealth of shared expertise from industry heavyweights and thought leaders at this year’s edition will contribute to driving progress and assist us in building synergies that help advance our mission. Through our participation, we aim to strengthen and expand our collaboration with regional and global financial institutions.”

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