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FUTURE CAPITALS... pointing the way for Europe's ICT community to be highly visible globally

The Future Capitals World Summit (FC, will take place in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE), from 13 to 15 January 2009. Details are below. The Summit could be of special interest to members of Europe's ICT community, and could create significant opportunities for ICT project teams.

13 January 2009 - 15 January 2009

Participation in the Summit will also help RTD teams to explore ways in which European Commission-funded projects could find exploitation partners and develop stronger business models. It is a chance for EU researchers to become well-known to people in the Gulf area seeking expert advice, and to exchange ideas with like-minded leaders who are ready to point the way to creating the world’s next great cities and ultimately a better world. If any participant in EC projects wishes to attend the event and contribute to the project management sessions, they should register using a discount code ICTSFC69311 assigned to members of Europe's ICT community.

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Details of the Summit
FC, graced by the presence of senior members of the Royal Family, will gather a significant number of leaders from more than 70 countries and it will be covered by multiple world media. The Summit will convene in the presence of highly influential people who are keen to hear of new insights, including governments in the Gulf region, as well as other world leaders and innovators. They will come together at this landmark meeting to highlight some of the challenging issues facing the world, and to point the way to innovative solutions.

FC attracted multiple sponsors worldwide and is endorsed by top-level organizations such as the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Council of Saudi Chambers, the United Nations (UN), the African Union, the Organization for Economic Cooperation & Development (OECD), the United States Council for International Business (USCIB), Mercociudades, CEO for Cities, and Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP).

What is the motivation for this gathering? Many cities and countries will survive today’s financial crisis. A few will not. And some will emerge as the world’s Future Capitals: Those regions, in the coming decades, will attract the most investment, development and business capital; the most technology, environmental, educational and tourism resources; and the most human, intellectual and cultural capital. So, will your esteemed city, your country be one of tomorrow’s Future Capitals? And what role could your expertise in project management have in achieving that success?

Delegates are people who set directions for cities, regions and corporations (e.g. presidents, mayors, ministers, CEOs), or who lead or invest in large-scale projects (e.g. at city level or at regional level), or who have strategic, tactical or operational responsibilities for major public-sector / private-sector projects, or who are in consortia that can take on and deliver those large-scale projects.