Solid speaker line-up planned for IGCF 2018


Thursday, 29 March, 2018


Solid speaker line-up planned for IGCF 2018

More than 3000 people are expected to attend the International Government Communication Forum in Sharjah this year.

Among the speakers for 2018 will be Sean Spicer, former White House Press Secretary (2017); Nobel Peace Laureate Lech Walesa, former Polish President who played a leading role in the fall of communism in the Eastern Bloc; Sir Timothy Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web; and Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia.

Held with the support of His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Mohamed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, the event is being hosted by the International Government Communication Centre (IGCC), a subsidiary of the Sharjah Government Media Bureau, from 28–29 March at Expo Centre Sharjah.

The 7th edition of the IGCF has been themed ‘Digital Millennium… Where To?’ Around 40 speakers from 16 countries, including global industry influencers and international policy advisors are taking part in the forum, presenting sessions on subjects as diverse as ‘Digital Diplomacy in Government Communication’, ‘Media Charisma’ and ‘New Media in Serving Humanitarian Issues’.

The event features 18 panel discussions and inspiring sessions, six interactive talks, four brainstorming sessions for children and young adults, and seven workshops for journalists, government communication experts and visitors to the forum.

It aims to highlight best practices to achieve more efficient and effective communication between the government and the public — a field in which the Emirate of Sharjah has played a leading regional role in terms of digital integration and smart government.

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