Guide to good government, trust building launched
Dubai, June 11, 2014
The World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of Government, in co-operation with the UAE government, has launched a guide to help governments use technology to build better trust and deliver more efficient public services.
The ‘Future of Government Smart Toolbox’ provides an analysis of how technology can and is impacting the demands placed on government to deliver more with less, as well as affecting government’s ability to meet expectations.
As part of the toolbox, the Global Agenda Council on the Future of Government has developed three forward-looking scenarios to examine how the world of governance could evolve by 2050. The scenarios, developed with the Forum’s Strategic Foresight team, are:
*City State: A world in which authority is decentralised to the city level and pragmatism trumps idealism in addressing collective issues
*e1984: A world in which the promise of Big Data is realised; economic, geopolitical and cyberthreats are omnipresent, and collective solidarity is a core societal value
*Gated Community: A world in which world political power rests with individuals and private sector organizations; individual responsibility and choice prevail in society, with the private sector being the main provider of collective services
The Future of Government Smart Toolbox focuses on eight key areas for improving government performance: anti-corruption, political representation, bureaucracy, delivery of services, trust, leadership, security and innovation.
It also includes governance best practices from a number of countries, as well as case studies written by council members.
Mohammed Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs and chairman of the organizing committee for the Government Summit, UAE, said: “The UAE government has embraced innovation and set high benchmarks in government efficiency and trust.
“We are happy that the UAE Government Summit partnership with the forum has led to a tangible and positive outcome as the Smart Toolbox, which takes trust in government as a unifying theme. It also highlights the role of UAE Government Summit as an international platform to enhance the future of the government administration around the world.”
Espen Barth Eide, managing director and member of the managing board, World Economic Forum, said: “Leadership of informed societies requires leaders to take a progressive approach to building trust through better, more efficient and responsive governance.
“The World Economic Forum has partnered with the Government Summit, UAE as part of our long-standing and strong partnership in order to showcase good governance practices from around the world attesting to the vision and the making of truly smart, technologically enabled governments.” - TradeArabia News Service