WEF at­ten­dees asked to build vi­sion of future

The Star Early Edition - - OPINION & ANALYSIS -

THE AN­NUAL gath­er­ing of the World Eco­nomic Fo­rum (WEF) in Switzer­land be­gan with a call on par­tic­i­pants to help “con­struct a vi­sion for the future”.

WEF founder and ex­ec­u­tive chair­man Klaus Sch­wab wel­comed par­tic­i­pants to the 47th an­nual meet­ing in Davos-Klosters on Mon­day night, urg­ing global lead­ers in pol­i­tics, busi­ness and so­ci­ety to place pub­lic so­cial good over per­sonal in­ter­ests. This year’s meet­ing takes place un­der the theme “Re­spon­sive and Re­spon­si­ble Lead­er­ship” and has drawn 3 000 par­tic­i­pants to this small clus­ter of towns in the Swiss Alps.

Not­ing sig­nif­i­cant trans­for­ma­tions af­fect­ing the world, in­clud­ing “dis­rup­tive eco­nomic and po­lit­i­cal mod­els”, Sch­wab said that the meet­ing was a way to con­struct a vi­sion for the future.

“Some­times it seems that the world is over­whelmed by pes­simism and cyn­i­cism,” Sch­wab said dur­ing his wel­come mes­sage in the Congress Hall of the Congress Cen­tre in Davos. “But we have to look in a con­fi­dent way into the future.”

The meet­ing will fo­cus on crit­i­cal lead­er­ship chal­lenges, in­clud­ing strength­en­ing global col­lab­o­ra­tion, re­vi­tal­is­ing eco­nomic growth, re­form­ing cap­i­tal­ism, pre­par­ing for the Fourth In­dus­trial Revo­lu­tion and restor­ing a sense of shared iden­tity.

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