Having visited different Arab capitals over the past ten years, FIKR, the annual conference of the Arab Thought Foundation returned to Dubai – United Arab Emirates, to hold its 11th conference. During which, thinkers and intellectuals would be invited to treat a major subject, namely citizens-governments relationship. Needless to say that this latter was subjected to new rules as well as new communication tools that irrevocably changed it.


Three authorities, legislative, executive and judicial governed in the last century this relationship. Such a fact must be questioned nowadays thanks to the immense technological development that altered the balance that used to govern the above mentioned relationship.


On one hand, technology facilitates services government provides to citizens and reduces excessive administrative bureaucracy; on the other hand, it gives citizens the chance to express their demands, pursue their rights and make their voices heard directly by officials. Furthermore, Social networks revolution made it very hard to turn a blind eye on technological developments and compelled governments to be transparent while dealing with this new voice of the people.


As a follow up to the proposals given by FIKR10 held in Dubai, during which Arab Spring impact was discussed; the institution will shed the light on this same issue but from the 21st century government -citizen relationship angle. It will ponder on the citizens’ expectations from governments, governance systems in countries, and the ability to move from the “power” to “service” concept so that providing services becomes the criteria for measuring government performance.


The conference will also discuss the various aspects of relationships between state and citizens through the experiences of leading governmental personalities who overcame the challenges and problems of this relationship by coming up with new mechanisms for delivering government services.


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