Sheikh Sultan was addressing the inauguration ceremony of the second Government Communication Forum (GCF 2013) held under the theme �Effective Communication- Unified Message’.
Present were Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, H. H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Salem bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Deputy Ruler of Sharjah, other Sheikhs, Former UN secretary General Kofi Anan, Former Arab League secretary General Amro Mousa and former US Ambassador to UN Andrew Young, senior officials and dignitaries.
“The cultural particularities cannot fade forever as they resort to living in hibernation like plants in the depths of unconsciousness. They wait for revival, ” he said, noting that “We should tackle this chaos. If it is allowed to triumph, it will have destructive effects. The cultural Identity is the protective shield that ensures survival.” The Ruler of Sharjah welcomed the presence of decision makers, who took the decisive decisions in their respective posts.
He noted that Sharjah had embarked on the cultural communication since 1976 when the African- Arab Symposium was held- and a number of resolutions were adopted to revamp the cultural communication between the Arab and African countries.
The Turkish Prime Minister said the communication has impact on the world, especially on the social, political and economic ties, as well as on the policies and governments.
He underlined that politicians who could exploit the communication correctly would win votes in the elections, stressing the need for developing the methods of government communication with the citizens amid the fundamental changes being experienced by the region and world.
Erdogan said Turkey has 81 cities and the distance between the farthest points is 2, 500 km. “In accordance with my responsibilities, I frequently visit these cities. I visited 70 cities over 45 days during the elections campaign. I delivered a speech in each city as I met the voters.” For his part, the Former UN secretary general shed light on his tenure as the UN secretary general. He added that the world is experiencing the fundamental changes, but noted that what “is worrying is the scale of the complications.” Annan underlined that the political leaders have failed to understand their peoples, and hence adopted myopic attitudes that had led to exacerbation of the situation, and as a result the uprisings.
The Former Arab League secretary general said the Middle East is witnessing the fundamental changes due to the lack of communication between the governments and peoples on one hand, and among the peoples on the other hand. He said the approach of totalitarian governments had bad impact on the communication, noting that the whole issue ended in the repetitive and similar uprisings.
Mousa said the communication has become easier unlike the past, adding that the modern communication has become easier among people because of the technology as no government can control it.