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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 September 2018

World Government Summit: French PM outlines plan to 'fix the country' 

Edouard Philippe was speaking on his hopes for the country on the first day of the summit

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe delivers a speech during the opening day of the World Government Summit in Dubai. Karim Sahib / AFP
French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe delivers a speech during the opening day of the World Government Summit in Dubai. Karim Sahib / AFP

Coherent and progressive policy for climate change, reducing corporate taxes and a reform of labour laws will help steer France through a period of ‘great transformation’, the country’s prime minister said on Sunday.

Edouard Philippe was speaking on his hopes for the country and outlined a roadmap to help reduce debt over the next five years at the opening addresses of the World Government Summit in Dubai.

To "fix the country" and prepare for the future were other promises delivered in a short speech on the opening day of the summit.

“Any person who doesn’t know where he is going does not have the right wind behind them,” said Mr Philippe.

“Emmanuel Macron has announced his vision for France, and that aim is to fix our country and prepare for the future. The country is going through a great transformation.

“We have what it takes for this to be successful, and that involves our famous education and ongoing training for all the French people, learning how to trust this transformation process.

“Preparing for the future also means having a strong framework to be able to deal with a crisis.”

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Mr Philippealso called for a more cohesive way of thinking as the fallout from Brexit and the UK's decision to leave the European Union continues.

“This is just one struggle,” he said.

“To transform Europe, and the world, we need change. It is all our responsibility and we cannot be content with the way the world is going.

“One does not transform the world against its will. Every time someone tries to impose on people, it does not work unless the world accepts it.

“There is a necessity for multi-lateral agreements and understanding.

“Of course there is always a show of strength, but that is not a lasting solution.

“There should be a collective effort. Our planet will transform itself, and we all have a role to play.”

Meanwhile at the opening address, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashed, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, presented Sri Mulyani Indrawati, Indonesian Minister of Finance, with an award recognising her work in anti-corruptions, increasing government transparency, improving living standards, reducing public death and child poverty.

International experts, key figures and social media helped compile a list of nominees of the ‘best minister in the world’ award.

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