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Microsoft Government Leaders Forum – Europe (30th January – 1st February 2006) 1 February 2006

    The Isle of Man Government is represented at the 2006 Government Leaders Forum (being held this week in Lisbon) by John Shimmin, MHK, in his capacity as Chairman of the Government’s Information Systems Steering Committee, a position he holds on behalf of the Council of Ministers. The Isle of Man’s invitation to the event comes as a result of the close strategic relationship built up between the Island and Microsoft over the last three years.

    With a theme of Global Competitiveness through Local Innovation, this year’s event is an opportunity for the Island to understand how Government elsewhere is facing up to the challenges of the 21st century, and how technology is being used in both the drive for effectiveness and efficiency within Public Service, as well as in enabling Governments to compete in the Global Economy.

    An annual event organised by Microsoft, and with a keynote speech given by Bill Gates, Chairman and Chief Software Architect of Microsoft, this is the premier gathering in Europe to address these issues, and as such attracts both the highest level of speakers, as well as an audience of senior politicians from Europe, the UN, and elsewhere.

    Speakers at the event this year include:

    • The Honourable Jose Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission
    • The Honourable Jose Socrates, Prime Minister of Portugal
    • Sir Howard Davies, Director of the London School of Economics with a variety of influential roles before that including Chairman of the Financial Services Authority, and Deputy Chairman of the Bank of England
    • Mary Robinson, Chancellor of Dublin University, Former President of Ireland, and United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights ?
    • George Reid, Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament

    As well as the keynote presentations, and the informal networking that naturally arises at such an event, the event creates a chance for structured debate between the attendees on topics such as:

    • boosting innovation and research to develop the knowledge economy
    • the importance of science and technology in education as a key enabler for growth
    • investment needed to deliver EU and national action plans

    More than 300 senior representatives of Governments, Non Governmental Organisations and Business are attending the event.

    1st February 2006

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