Hamdan bin Mohammed honours the winner of the Best Minister in the World Award

His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai, honoured the winner of the Best Minister in the World Award at the conclusion of the World Government Summit 2022 (WGS 2022).

Her Excellency Azucena Arbeleche, Uruguay’s Minister of Economy and Finance, was awarded The Best Minister in the World Award for 2022.

Arbeleche won due to her inspiring leadership role in spearheading her country’s efforts to drive Uruguay’s economic recovery with the highest exports in its history and high rate of job creation.

Her Excellency was appointed just two weeks before the COVID-19 pandemic hit the country. But under her leadership, the Ministry of Economy and Finance succeeded in implementing market-friendly fiscal measures which boosted trade, jobs and investment.

She also established the COVID-19 Fund, which played a key role in securing the resources needed to obtain vaccines and driving investments in the country’s health sector.

Inspirational ideas

On winning the coveted titled, Her Excellency Azucena Arbeleche said she was delighted to be honoured at the World Government Summit, adding; “We always strive to achieve the common good through everything we do.”

On her efforts to drive economic recovery in the South American country, she said: “The performance of small companies is directly reflected in the performance of Uruguay, and the success of the state from the success of these companies. We need these economic engines so that we can create more jobs.”

Exceptional edition

The World Government Summit launched an exceptional edition of the Best Minister in the World Award, to honour the leading figures who addressed global challenges. UAE government ministers are excluded from participating in the Award to maintain impartiality.

Nominees are judged on their positive economic and social impact, measurable achievements and results achieved during their tenure, and the level of innovation, creativity and leadership demonstrated.

The jury includes an elite group of experts. The winner was selected in cooperation with PwC Middle East, the WGS2022 knowledge partner.

The Best Minister in the World Award was launched in 2016 and has been awarded to four ministers from three continents: Greg Hunt, then Acting Minister of Environment, Minister of Cities and the Built Environment of Australia; Awa Marie Coll-Seck, the Minister of Health of the Republic of Senegal at the time; Sri Mulyani Indrawati, Minister of Finance of Indonesia; and Ferozuddin Feroz, former Minister of Health of the Republic of Afghanistan.

Source: H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum

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