The World Economic Forum (WEF) would normally take place in Davos in Switzerland this week, but due to the pandemic, this year’s summit is in Singapore in May. Alternatively, there will be a virtual meeting this week, the Davos Agenda. Heads of government, business leaders and politicians meet online to discuss what the world needs in 2021.
On Monday, the speeches of Chinese President Xi Jinping, American virologist Anthony Fauci and Philips CEO Frans van Houten will be on the programme. Later in the week, President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French head of State Emmanuel Macron will speak.
The Netherlands is also participating in the Davos Agenda. Prime Minister Mark Rutte is taking part in a debate on food systems and land use on Wednesday. On the same day, Secretary of State Stientje van Veldhoven of infrastructure and Waterstaat participated in a session on recycling. And at the end of the week it will also be minister Sigrid Kaag of Foreign Trade, in a debate on the restoration of the international trading system after the COVID crisis.
It is planned that next year the WEF will be held in Davos, where the event has been held almost annually since 1971. The Swiss ski resort was taken over every winter by the global political and business elite. Only in 2002, in the wake of the terrorist attacks in New York, did the circus move out of solidarity to that American city of millions for once.