Sharjah launches new global communication centre
SHARJAH, March 12, 2017
Sharjah has set up the International Government Communication Centre (IGCC), a new facility that will support and boost the media environment in the UAE besides functioning as a scientific research and knowledge platform.
The launch of the IGCC comes ahead of the sixth edition of International Government Communication Forum (IGCF 2017) to be held from March 22 to 23 in Sharjah. More than 2,500 world leaders, influencers and international experts are set to attend the event.
Announcing the initiative, Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi, the chairman of Sharjah Media Council, said the IGCC, a first-of-its-kind platform in the region, will be managed by the Sharjah Government Media Bureau.
"The IGCC will function as a world-class media resource facility as well as a scientific research and knowledge platform offering reference and all possible guidance in the field of government communication locally, regionally and internationally," stated Sheikh Sultan.
Sheikh Fahim bin Sultan Al Qasimi, the executive chairman of Sharjah Department of Government Relations, lauded the new facility as a demonstration of the keenness of Sharjah leadership to support and promote government communication locally, regionally and internationally, and of the continuous efforts made in this regard by Sharjah, being the first to allocate an entire forum for government communication.
He pointed out the significant role played by the IGCF over the past years in consolidating the government communication experience and highlighting successful experiences in the field.
Tariq Saeed Allay, the director of Sharjah Government Media Bureau, dubbed the communication centre as a reflection of and tribute to the success of the IGCF, which has been successfully hosted by Sharjah all these years and setting a new benchmark and focusing on this largely unexplored field.
"Through the International Government Communication Centre, we will seek to further develop the IGCF and its annual agenda for further qualification of those working in the field of government communication," he noted.
Jawaher Al Naqbi, the manager of the International Government Communication Forum, said: "The launch of such a centre for the first time in the region mirrors the success of Sharjah and the IGCF in the development of all aspects of this vital sector."
"It also heralds the beginning of an important phase in line with a new strategy through which we aspire to achieve as many of our objectives as possible and improve the various areas of government communication and the skills of workers in the field," she noted.
Hessa Al Hammadi, the manager of the Government Communication Department at SGMB, said the launch of the communication centre was a leap forward for the government communication sector.-TradeArabia News Service