Options at the Crossroads: The 3rd NEXT Summit to be held in Dubai during 24-26 November

On 3rd September, NEXT Federation announced in UAE that the 3rd NEXT Summit, with the theme of “Options at the Crossroads”, will be held in Dubai during 24th-26th November, 2019. The NEXT Summit (Dubai 2019) is hosted by NEXT Federation,China Economic Information Service (CEIS) of Xinhua News Agency and other local institutions.

Key Vision of NEXT Summit Dubai 2019

The world is at a crossroads. The global situation is complex and fast-changing with a fluctuating world economy and volatile international society where international cooperation is uncertain. The exchanges and cooperation in the fields of international politics, economy, society and culture are in a complex situation where opportunities and challenges coexist. It is an important mission of the NEXT Summit to be a catalyst for a better world by facilitating cooperation among various actors, such as government institutions, think tanks, industrial associations, financial institutions, social organizations, media, and international organizations, that is, getting the right people in the same room all with a desire to get good things done.

The organizing committee of the NEXT Summit (Dubai 2019) introduced that the 8th UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as well as political figures, top international industry experts and business leaders from the United Arab Emirates, China, Indonesia, New Zealand, South Korea, Kazakhstan, Egypt, Ethiopia, South Africa and other countries and regions will gather in Dubai to discuss, anticipate and promote pragmatic international cooperation.

The 2019 NEXT Summit has four main panel topics: a) Regional Development in West Asia and Africa, b) Connecting with Expo 2020 in Dubai, c) Looking into the Future: New Lifestyle, and d) Global Integration and Diversified Development, focusing on infrastructure, engineering equipment, energy and industrial investment; innovative talents and cooperation projects for the 2020 World Expo; blockchain, AI and financial support; and industrial cooperation and development of tourism and cultural exchanges. The summit also supports global partners to hold side events to jointly explore and promote pragmatic cooperation in industrial investment, economic and trade exchanges and other fields.

NEXT Summit (Dubai 2019) will continue to adopt the innovative interactive model by inviting “optimal practice” cases to hold roadshows. Politicians and top international industrial experts will be invited as case instructors to analyze needs and challenges of the project, propose strategies and recommendations for project promotion, and assist docking key resources for project development. NEXT Federation will hold its Annual Council Meeting to discuss topics like Integration and Deliver of Global Public Relations Services.

It is revealed that this year, the summit will continue to set up the “Hurricane Lamp” honorary award, which aims to recognize and encourage optimal practice cases in international cooperation and guide international cooperation project participants to comprehensively consider various relevant factors and choose the best path to achieve real and continuous overall success and advantage.

“Optimal Practice” speech cases of the 2019 summit will automatically participate in the competition of “Hurricane Lamp” honorary awards. After invitation and confirmation to attend the summit, online voting and close-door review of Global Advisory Committee, three Super Awards–“Innovation”, “Cooperation” and “Sustainability” and five Top Awards–“Policy Coordination”, “Connectivity of Infrastructure”, “Unimpeded Trade”, “Financial Integration” and “Closer People-to-People Ties” will be announced at the 2019 “Hurricane Lamp” honorary award-giving ceremony during the summit.

Participants will deepen their understanding of Dubai’s economic strategic goals and industrial policies through participation in interactive communications. They will discover and exchange economic development opportunities in West Asia and Africa, as well as promote future cooperation and investment opportunities with Dubai and UAE as a hub. Keynote speakers will share project opportunities for the 2020 World Expo and the latest ideas and optimal practices in the field of regional cooperation and sustainable development in the UAE and other countries. The summit will provide a platform for delegates to discover and share innovative enterprises and science and technology R&D transformation platforms as well as share their optimal practices in the area of promoting innovation and entrepreneurship. The summit will also carry out the dialogue of civilizations and promote tourism industry and cultural exchanges in the UAE, China and other participating countries.

In His Excellency’s keynote speech at the NEXT Summit (Hangzhou 2018), the 8th UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stated that “the NEXT Summit provides a mechanism to provide a possibility to find solutions to the world”. Ban Ki-moon said that “we need to better promote cooperation among countries, whether large or small”. He hoped that all countries in the world would be more committed to the development of multilateralism to promote international cooperation. Ban Ki-moon said, “we must cooperate to promote multilateral cooperation among all parties involved and promote the cooperation of the entire international community. We hope to further expand the world partnership and promote the prosperity and harmony of the whole world.”

NEXT Federation is an international platform for exploring and sharing optimal practices of international collaboration. Based in New Zealand, the Federation engages governments, enterprises and leaders of society to improve global innovation, cooperation and sustainability. The Federation has been recognized as a force for positive global changes. It strives to promote cooperation among various actors, such as government institutions, think tanks, industrial associations, financial institutions, social organizations, media, and international organizations. The Federation’s predecessor, Oceania Silk Road Network (OSRN), was formally launched in March 2017 when Chinese Premier Li Keqiang paid a visit to New Zealand. During Premier Li’s visit, New Zealand became the first Western developed economy to sign a memorandum of understanding to align with China’s Belt and Road Initiative. New Zealand was also the first among developed economies to recognize China’s market economy status, signed and implemented a free-trade agreement with China and joined the China-initiated Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank as a founding member.

NEXT Federation hopes to promote the spirit of open cooperation in all economies around the world. The NEXT Summit has been successfully held in Auckland in 2017 and Hangzhou in 2018. The two summits received letters of Support from H. E. António Guterres, Secretary-General of UN and H. E. Zhenmin Liu, Under-Secretary-General of UN for Economic and Social Affairs respectively.