Credit By: GulfNews
A major awards ceremony marked the end of the two-day International Government Communication Forum (IGCF), which took place at the Sharjah Expo Center. At the 10th Sharjah Government Communication Award (SGCA), Sultan AlNeyadi, an Emirati astronaut who created history during his six-month stay at the International Space Station, received the coveted ‘Personality of the Year’ award. Other supporters of innovation and communication in government were also honored during the event.
A Tribute to a Space Pioneer
The ‘Personality of the Year honor went to Sultan AlNeyadi, an astronaut from Emirati who lived and worked on the International Space Station for six months. In addition to making history, his incredible voyage and achievements in space exploration have inspired innumerable people worldwide.
Prominent Attendees and Awards
Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi, the Deputy Ruler of Sharjah and Chairman of the Sharjah Media Council (SMC), presided over the awards ceremony. The ceremony recognized deserving individuals for their exceptional government communication and innovation accomplishments.
Award for “Best Positive Social Impact Driver”
‘Best Positive Social Impact Driver’ went to American judge Frank Caprio, a former Chief Judge of the Municipal Court of Providence in the United States. Considered ‘the nicest judge in the world,’ his empathetic decisions brought him widespread recognition and caused a social media sensation.
Enhancing Communication in Government
The SGCA has dedicated the last ten years to raising the bar for government communication practices, according to Tariq Saeed Allay, Director-General of the Sharjah Government Media Bureau (SGMB). He emphasized the significance of adapting communication tactics to keep up with shifting information trends, technology developments, public opinion, world events, and people’s desires.
Release of a Novel Report
‘100 Innovations in Government Communications 2023’, a ground-breaking report, was released during the function. This ground-breaking analysis demonstrates how governments throughout the globe are experimenting with audacious and creative communication strategies. The report, which the SGMB put together in association with Apolitical, a worldwide network and learning platform for government from the United Kingdom, intends to enable governments to effectively serve their inhabitants and the planet by helping them adapt to the challenges of the twenty-first century.
To sum up, the IGCF awards ceremony honored the outstanding accomplishments of people and institutions in innovation and government communication. The awarding of Sultan AlNeyadi, the Emirati astronaut, as “Personality of the Year” inspires the next generation, and the release of this ground-breaking research highlights the significance of remaining ahead of the curve in communication tactics in a constantly changing world.
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