Agenda - 2014

February 22, 2014

Time Agenda
09:00 – 17:00

Workshop One - Social Media In a Changing World - Donald Steel, Specialist in reputation and crisis management Hall: Tafaul (1)

This interactive session invites participants to explore the role of social media during three very different emergency scenarios - the recent outbreak of civil disorder in English cities, the Asiana Boeing 777 crash in San Francisco, and a new form of terrorism on London streets - an attack on a soldier in Woolwich in daylight in full view of the public. In each incident, significant insights are offered to public authorities on the changing role social media plays in emergencies and its impact on citizen behaviour.
trainer
  • Donald Steel Donald Steel Associate Director of Crisis Communications, Kenyon International Emergency Services and Director, Johnston Associates
09:00 – 17:00

Workshop Two - The Changing Role of Government Communications - Dr Zahera Harb, Senior Lecturer in International Journalism at the Journalism Department, City University London. Hall: Tafaul (2)

Dissemination of information from governments to public through the media has dominated government communication policies and plans for years. The digital revolution has made those traditional mediating tools less necessary and relevant. Theories that defined the relationship between the message, the messenger and the receiver have undergone a sea change over the years as far as understanding and approaches are concerned. The relationship between governments and the public have become two-dimensional, interactive and direct.
trainer

February 23, 2014

Time Agenda
08:00 – 09:30

Registration

09:45 – 10:30

Opening Ceremony

Opening ceremony under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, UAE Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah
10:30 – 12:00

Session 1 - Role of government communications and reputation management in attracting Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) - a case study - Hall Tawasol

The close relationship and direct link between reputation and money, and the role of communication and public relations in the management of reputation and drawing direct investments has been widely established. Recent studies have reiterated that countries that have succeeded in raising the level of their reputation by just five degrees on the international reputation index can enjoy additional tourist incomes annually as long as their reputation is maintained. A good reputation worldwide works to attract people to invest, visit and stay in the country, buy national products, study, work, and enjoy the services.

Moderator
  • Sebastian Sebastian Television Journalist and Founder and Chairman of ‘The Doha Debates’ BBC World News
Speakers
12:00 – 14:00

Lunch Break

14:00 – 15:15

Session 2 - The relationship between government communication and social media activism - Hall Tawasol

Social media has imposed itself strongly on the social landscape in a variety of ways - it has transcended ‘being social’ and emerged as an influential tool for shaping public opinion, reputation and image. In recent years, it has almost become a mirror for the society – and produced a group of bloggers that shape public opinion and, more often than not, create it. Governments have realised the importance of such media and communication tools in the hands of the public and the significant impact that social media effects on their impressions and reactions.

Moderator
Speakers
15:15 – 15:30

Lunch Break

15:30 – 17:00

Session 3 - Interactive Presentation - Acute vulnerabilities of power, politics and systems in the new public information space - Hall Tawasol

The ubiquitous and all-pervasive nature of social media today has forced many governments around the world to rethink their communication strategies to step-up the transparency of their messaging. Social media is spearheading a new era of accountability, although very few political leaders are willing to concede the enormity of the change and accept the urgent need to modify the core principles of political and corporate governance.

Speakers
  • Nik Gowing Nik Gowing British Senior News Anchor, BBC World News

February 24, 2014

Time Agenda
09:30 – 10:00

Official Opening Ceremony

MC welcome speech
Speech - Osama Samra, Director of Sharjah Media Centre
Address - Guest of Honour
10:00 – 11:15

Session 1- How are government visions developed? - Hall Tawasol

Most governments around the world aim at developing clear visions and specific targets for at least the next two decades. These goals serve as the compass that guides the agendas in the public and private sectors. Such goals also shape the systems and procedures to which all citizens commit in their daily transactions as compliance to these services simply facilitates a smooth, hassle-free life. In the long-term, as the goals become more entrenched into visions, they also shape the destinies of future generations.

Moderator
Speakers
  • Amany El Khayat Amany El Khayat Prominent Presenter, ON TV Egypt
  • John Kao John Kao Author and Strategic Advisor for Governments and Renown Personalities in Private and Public Sectors
11:15 – 11:30

Break

11:30 – 13:00

Session 2 - What can the public sector learn from the communication experiences of the private sector? - Hall Tawasol

The private sector has always needed to communicate effectively with its audience in order to remain sustainable and stay ahead given the competition in the market. Such a need resulted in the private sector devising methods and means to listen to the audience, develop messages and deliver them in innovative ways to achieve desired goals. While the private sector worked on improving the methods of communication with its audience and strengthening these to optimise efficiency, the public sector in general and governments in particular relied on unilateral messaging, targeting audiences without heedin1g to public opinion or citizen feedback.

Moderator
Speakers
15:15 – 15:30

Break

15:30 – 17:00

Session 4 - General Brainstorming Session - Hall Tawasol

The discussions of the second day of the forum will conclude with a significant question for the audience on the relationship between the public and the government in terms of communication and interaction. The session aims to conceptualise practical proposals on best methods of communication between the two parties.

13:00 – 14:00

Lunch Break

14:00 – 15:15

Session 3 - Internal communication between departments/ministries of the state - a case study - Hall Tawasol

The success of government communication depends to a large extent on the ability of the public to achieve effective dialogue and ensure cohesiveness between the ministries of state and the smaller departments that face the challenge of sending clear and real-time messages to the public. This inter-dependence empowers the beneficiaries of government communication services – whether they are individuals or institutions, and allows for a deeper understanding of the government's role by its employees. This, in turn, could ensure more effective communication messages in the long-term and translate into better government performance.

Speakers
  • Alastair Campbell Alastair Campbell British Journalist, Broadcaster, Political Aide and Author and Former Director of Communications and Strategy, Prime Minister Tony Blair’s Office