Government Summit opens today in Dubai

Updated 11 February 2013
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Government Summit opens today in Dubai

The Government Summit, a two-day regional initiative partnered with the UN, will open today here. The event will feature workshops on the UN Public Service Award — the most prestigious international recognition in public service excellence.
The summit will host several regional and international speakers from around the world and specialized research centers in government development. It will discuss expertise from Denmark, Canada, Australia, South Korea and Brazil as well as a number of successful local experiences.
Key officials from the UAE and abroad will review the main developments and international trends to secure government services. UN representatives, World Bank and the World Economic Forum have also confirmed their participation.
The program agenda covers all aspects of government administration and services, with several interactive discussions to be addressed by international experts.
Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum will attend the summit and hold discussions with citizens and journalists.
He will answer the questions of citizens and journalists regarding his vision for the progress of government work as well as the most important principles of government leadership.

 


Tunisia reopens consulate in Libyan capital Tripoli

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Tunisia reopens consulate in Libyan capital Tripoli

  • Most embassies left Tripoli in 2014 when heavy fighting broke out between rival factions.
  • Only a few embassies came back when a UN-backed administration took office in 2016.

Tripoli: Tunisia has reopened its consulate in the Libyan capital, the Libya foreign ministry said on Saturday, the latest mission to return to Tripoli.
Most embassies left Tripoli in 2014 when heavy fighting broke out between rival factions and few came back when a UN-backed administration took office in 2016.
The Tunisian consulate resumed work after talks between the two countries, the Libyan foreign ministry said. The Tunisian foreign ministry declined to comment, but a diplomatic source confirmed the move.
Tunisian had closed its mission 2015 after ten staff were kidnapped.
In recent weeks some Western embassies have sent diplomats for longer stays to Tripoli as security has improved, although few stay full time on the ground.
The Italian and Turkish embassies as well as the UN mission are among the few open.
Tripoli is formally run by a Government of National Accord backed by the UN but in reality controlled by a patchwork of armed groups.
Big street clashes between rival groups have ended, but several rockets which hit Tripoli airport this week were a reminder that security remains shaky.
The UN has been trying to meditate to produce a national government and end the rift between the administration in Tripoli and a rival one in the east, part of a conflict gripping the oil producer since the toppling of Muammar Qaddafi in 2011.