DUBAI, United Arab Emirates–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi championed technology as a means of
development and warned of its potential to be used as a means of
destruction in his address at the sixth World
Government Summit (WGS 2018) in Dubai.
“Technology has empowered the common man via minimum government, maximum
governance. In e-governance, the ‘e’ represents effective, efficient,
easy, empowering and equity. Technology has transformed the UAE from a
desert into a modern wonder, but it also has a darker side of
radicalization of cyberspace,” he said. Modi led a delegation from
India, the guest country at this year’s WGS.
Earlier today, French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe outlined his
country’s roadmap for transformation that includes a progressive climate
change policy, corporate tax reduction and a labor law reform. “It is
our priority to fix our country and prepare for the future,” he said.
Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund,
was bullish on the outlook for economic growth despite recent market
volatility. She urged governments to implement overdue reforms and offer
hope to young people by building stronger economies. “Governments,
especially in this region, where 60 percent of the population are under
25 years old, need to focus on policies that will energize the economy
and encourage job creation,” she said.
About the World Government Summit
The World Government Summit is the primary global forum dedicated to
shaping the future of governments worldwide. Each year, the summit sets
the agenda for the next generation of governments with a focus on
harnessing innovation and technology to solve universal challenges
facing humanity. The WGS is a knowledge exchange platform that converges
governments, futurism, technology and innovation. It functions as a
thought leadership and networking hub for policymakers, experts and
pioneers in human development. As a gateway to the future, the summit
analyzes trends, issues and opportunities that humanity is likely to
face in the coming decades, while showcasing innovations, best practices
and smart solutions that inspire creative ideas on how best to address