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Abu Dhabi Fund for Development Supports World Government Summit 2018 as Strategic Partner

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 in Dubai today (Saturday, 10 February) 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 funding institutions, ADFD today 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.

On 11 February, 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, His Excellency 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.”

The World Government Summit is the largest global platform dedicated to exploring the future of governments driven by technological advances and evolving citizen expectations. Under the theme ‘Shaping Future Governments’, the event showcases future trends in government services, leadership and innovation. 

During WGS 2017, ADFD sponsored the Arab Youth Forum, held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs. The first event of its kind convened 150 Arab youth representatives from 22 countries.

Since its inception in 1971, ADFD has financed thousands of development projects worth approximately AED80 billion in 89 beneficiary countries. Mandated to implement Abu Dhabi government’s development programme policies, the Fund provides concessionary loans, manages Abu Dhabi government grants and injects direct long-term investments with the aim of enhancing the role of the private sector in partner countries.

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