SHARJAH – Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, President of the Republic of Mauritius, has been chosen the Principal Guest of Honour at the 7th edition of the International Government Communication Forum (IGCF) in Sharjah, recognising her ability to successfully deploy communication, effectively disseminate her messages to the public and win the country’s presidency, announced the Sharjah Government Media Bureau (SGBM).

The event will be held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Mohamed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, on 28-29 March 2018 at Expo Centre Sharjah.

Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, a biodiversity scientist by training, is the very first Muslim woman to be elected the leader of an African republic and President of the Republic of Mauritius, a set of islands in the Indian Ocean about 860 kilometres off the Island of Madagascar. She is an ideal example of a strong female leader who is highly educated and an excellent decision maker whose foresightedness has hugely benefitted her country with an estimated population of 1.3 million.

Ameenah Gurib-Fakim said: “I would like to thank His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, UAE Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah for his kind invitation and utmost hospitality. It is always a pleasure to visit the UAE. This region of the Middle East has witnessed unprecedented progress and development over the past decades. It is the testimony to what vision and leadership can do. It is my first time visiting Sharjah and I am looking forward to discovering it.”

“The theme of the conference is timely as we are witnessing tremendous progress in the world of information and communication technologies and how they are shaping Media. The latter is in turn not only impacting the world of business through advertising but influencing elections. It will be interesting to hear countries experiences and share best practices. Views of the millennials will be interesting to hear.” Gurib-Fakim added.

Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi, Chairman of Sharjah Media Council (SMC), said: “We are honoured to have HE Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, President of the Republic of Mauritius, at the International Government Communication Forum, and look forward to hearing her speak about her pioneering experiences in the field of innovative government communication. Her tangible scientific and academic breakthroughs and achievements, as well as her experience in communication, have enabled her to be heard, and she succeeded in winning the confidence of the member of the country’s parliament in no time.”

Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed underscored that HE Gurib-Fakim is one of the most influential women in the world, and the third African female president after Joyce Hilda Banda, President of Malawi, and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia. He pointed out that hosting her will enhance the Forum, which has become a powerful platform for world leaders, influencers and senior officials to express their ideas, thoughts and vision about the future of government communication, and how to deploy it effectively in tackling major developmental and international issues.