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In presence of Mohammed bin Rashid… French Prime Minister Highlights Role of Government in Effective Transformation

16 November 2018


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French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe said that collective action and multilateral cooperation are aspect for effective transformation. “We can transform the world only through working with the world,” said French Prime Minister said in his keynote address at the sixth World Government Summit (WGS 2018) in Dubai.

Speaking in presence of Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Philippe praised the strength of the ties between France and the UAE, and underlined the importance of bilateral cooperation. The French PM also thanked His Highness for inviting him and for patronizing the summit. 


The session was also attended by Crown Prince of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum; Deputy Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum; Fujairah Crown Prince His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad Al-Sharqi; Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Lieutenant-General His Highness Sheikh Saif Bin Zayed Al Nahyan; Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs His Highness Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan; Chairman of Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum; His Highness Mansour bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum; and Minister of Cabinet Affairs and The Future and Chairman of the WGS H.E Mohammed Abdullah Al Gergawi.

The French PM also commended the World Government Summit as a brilliant initiative of the UAE to improve the lives of people, ensure stability and build a better future. He put into context the milestones that the country achieved, hailing the construction of the Jebel Ali Port as a historical moment that led to the transformation of the nation.


Speaking about the transformations undertaken by his country in 2017, he said: “France is in the midst of a great transformation, and it is our priority to fix our country and prepare for the future. We have what it takes, and we need to bet on our intelligence and competence.”

Philippe specifically addressed the ongoing efforts in reforming education, reducing corporate tax, creating friendlier trade laws, and reducing debt and public spending. He emphasized that a key factor in this transformation is people’s readiness to accept it, and cited it as one of the main reasons for President Emmanuel Macron’s election into office.

After discussing the characteristics of good government, Philippe advocated for more investments, especially in sectors such as biotech, greentech, artificial intelligence and medical research. Speaking emphatically about the need for transformation in the world, he said: “We can’t be content with the way the world is going. We have to change it.”

In his closing remarks, he praised Tunisia as an example of how transformation works when there is collective action. He also offered the examples of regimes in Iraq
and Libya that had failed because transformation was being imposed on them. 

Édouard Philippe is leading the ambitious reforms of President Macron, focusing on attracting foreign investors to the booming French market that has embarked on renewed growth since 2017. Previously, he served as Mayor of the port city of Le Havre and as a Member of Parliament. Before embarking on a political career, he worked as Director of Public Affairs at the French nuclear company Areva (now Orano).

The World Government Summit 2018 is held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, from February 11 to 13 at the Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai. The landmark event convenes more than 4,000 participants from 140 countries, including heads of state and governments, as well as top-tier representatives of 16 international organizations.

Hosting more than 130 speakers across 120 interactive sessions, WGS 2018 features six distinct forums that examine the challenges of vital sectors for the future with a view to finding the best resolutions for the greater
global good. Furthermore, over 20 specialized global reports spanning key sectors and topics of the summit are being launched throughout the duration of the event.