SHARJAH, 11th March, 2017 (WAM) -- Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi, Chairman of the Sharjah Media Council, has announced the launch of the International Government Communication Centre (IGCC), ahead of the 6th International Government Communication Forum (IGCF) 2017, which will be held from 22nd to 23rd March in Sharjah, with the attendance of more than 2,500 world leaders, influencers and international experts.

The first platform of its kind in the region, the IGCC will be managed by the Sharjah Government Media Bureau (SGMB), and is seen as another extraordinary initiative by the Sharjah government to support and boost the media environment in the emirate and the UAE. The IGCC will function as a world-class media resource facility, as well as a scientific research and knowledge platform.

While announcing the initiative, Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi said that the 6th IGCF will see the official launch of the new centre, in the presence of H.H. Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohamed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, and international guests, senior officials and communication specialists from over the world.

Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed said, "Since the launch of the IGCF in 2012, we have been guided by a clear vision and a goal to promote the concept and applications of government communication. This is for several reasons, most importantly the increasing importance of government communication, the evolution of modern media and the advancement of communication sciences and technologies, not to mention the lack of interest in this important aspect of the relationship between governments and the public."

"Based on this vision, the IGCF has drawn the interest of top media and communication experts from across the globe who have been flocking to the event, and has managed to create new prospects for developing best government communication practices and applications, in the field that we have pioneered in the region by launching a forum of such proportions and international standing," added Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi.

Speaking on the occasion, Sheikh Fahim bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Executive Chairman of Sharjah Department of Government Relations, lauded the IGCF as a demonstration of the desire of H.H. Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohamed Al Qasimi to support and promote government communication locally, regionally and internationally, and of the continuous efforts made in this regard by Sharjah.

Tariq Saeed Allay, Director of the SGMB, viewed the IGCC as a reflection of and tribute to the success of the IGCF, which has been successfully hosted by Sharjah.

Source: Emirates News Agency