For the 48th time, Switzerland will be the center of attention for the world leaders in business and politics. The World Economic Forum, an annual meeting of global political and business elites, will take place from January 23th to 26th in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland. The importance of Davos is best described by the World Economic Forum itself, which says, “The Forum engages the most experienced and the most promising, all working together in the collaborative and collegial spirit of Davos.”
Where is Davos?
Davos is the is the highest “town” in Europe with the height of 1,560. Most of the year it is just a small ski town in the Swiss Alps with the population of 11,060. It is located is around 92 miles southeast of Zurich, the Capital of Switzerland.
What is the world economic forum (WEF)?
Once a year, global political and business elites elite (heads of state and government, CEOs, academics, celebrities) from all over the world get together in Davos to discuss the global economy. At first, the name of the event was “European Management Forum” where 450 people, mostly academics and economists, attend the meeting in 1971. Since 1987, the event went global and it called “World Economic Forum” or simply “Davos”.
What is the point of the WEF?
Noteworthy, the WEF attracts the attention of millions of people worldwide due to its agenda that focuses on issues that go far beyond economic problems. This event is one of the year’s best opportunity to networking for politicians, chief executives and members of international cooperations. Davos is one of the major discussion platforms that renders topics including political processes, human rights, climate change, development of science and modern technologies all “committed to improve the state of the world.”
What will happen in the WEF 2018?
The 48th WEF annual meeting will be held from January 23th to 26th in Davos. The main theme of this year will be “Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World”. The 48th WEF will focus on “finding ways to reaffirm international cooperation on crucial shared interests” and “overcoming divisions within countries”. It has been predicted that more than 3,000 people from about 110 countries will attend the event this year.
There will be more than 400 sessions programmed around four outlines:
Driving sustained economic progress
Navigating a multipolar and multiconceptual world
Overcoming divisions in society
Shaping the agile governance of technology
Who will attend the WEF 2018?
More than 340 top political leaders from over 70 countries will attend WEF 2018. This year, there are a record number of prominent guests who are going to attend the event. Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India will deliver his speech in the opening of the event. The closing speech will be delivered by Donald J. Trump, President of the United States of America. He’ll be the first president to speak at the WEF since President Bill Clinton in 2000. In addition, Angela Merkel, Federal Chancellor of Germany; Paolo Gentiloni, Prime Minister of Italy; Emmanuel Macron, President of France; Theresa May, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom; Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada; Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission will participate in Davos 2018.
How to follow the WEF 2018?
But if your tight schedule doesn’t have a gap for visiting Davos but you want to learn about all the latest news from this prestigious forum – don’t worry. During the Davos becomes a focal point for media coverage. Moreover, it is expected 500 journalists will cover the Davos. Moreover, 230 media representatives will attend the meeting on site.
Moreover, you can follow the news of WEF 2018 through social media channels. The WEF’s official Twitter account, @wef, has more than 3 million followers. You can also follow tweer with the official meeting hashtag, #wef18. You can also join WEF facebook channel (http://wef.ch/facebook). Selected sessions will be stream through official YouTube channel of WEF (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCw-kH-Od73XDAt7qtH9uBYA).
To Sum up
As you can see, the WEF Annual Meeting is an exceptional event for Switzerland. It provides a unique opportunity to cultivate relations with a great many leading figures, exchange views and seek solutions to world problems. Furthermore, the presence of prominent guests like President Donald or French President Emmanuel Macron has made the event more important.
WEF gives Switzerland a chance to show its important role in the global agenda with the cherry on the pie being Switzerland’s longstanding tradition of serving as a host country for international conferences and gatherings.
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