The World Government Summit Organization (WGSO) is a global, neutral, not-for-profit organization dedicated to shaping “the future of government”. At its annual meeting in Dubai, it presented the award for the best Minister of State in the world to Azucena ArbelecheMinister of Economy and Finance of Uruguay.
The Summit, among many of its activities, intends to explore the agenda of the next generation of governments, focusing on Harnessing innovation and technology to solve global challenges faced by people in all countries.
Arbeleche was recognized for “having designed and implemented successful, scalable and sustainable initiatives for the the socio-economic improvement of its citizensand for “inspiring and leading other government leaders to promote innovation and foresight in today’s and tomorrow’s global issues,” said a statement from the Ministry of Economy and Finance.
“The WGSO award is given after an extensive selection process, where The international consulting firm PwC intervenes, which considers the institutional and social assets of the countries, as well as the personal and professional qualities of the candidates and the lasting impact of their initiatives in eight dimensions, which include the ability to innovate, prepare for the future and lead internationally”, they specified.
The selection, as explained, works as follows: From a pool of 194 countries, se chooses those who are in the top 80% Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index; Global Governance Indicators; Human Development Index and Happiness Index.
This time there were 53 shortlisted countries. From each, each candidate minister was assessed on the basis of eight dimensions: social impact; Economic impact; scope; foresight capacity; innovation; leadership; scalability and sustainability. The finalists, or ministers who moved into the latter category, were rated one with “due diligence and integrity” criteriain addition to all of the above, says the organization.
The Minister received her award in a room with a giant screen behind her. In Arabic and Spanish letters, the face of Arbeleche, his name in Spanish and the flag of his country were presented. There, the man in the turban who gave him the statuette he said, “Congratulations to Your Excellency, Azucena Arbeleche”, which was accompanied by a round of applause from the audience.
In previous years, this award was received by Senegal’s current Minister of State, Awa Marie Coll Seck, in 2017. In 2018, it was awarded to Singapore’s Finance Minister, Sri Mulyani Indrawati, and in 2019, the recognition went to the Minister of Health of Afghanistan, Fayrouz Al-Din Fayrouz.
What is the World Government Summit Organization (WGSO)?
The World Government Summit Organization is primarily dedicated to bringing together world government leaders for dialogue on government processes and policies. Approaches in the topics covered range from futurism to technological innovation and other topics.
It was established in 2013 under the leadership of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, Ruler of Dubai. Including initiatives and events that take place throughout the year, the World Government Summit holds a flagship annual meeting in Dubai.