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Forty-fourth meeting of World Economic Forum to open at Davos

January 21, 2014, 4:18 UTC+3 DAVOS
The founder of the forum Klaus Schwab said Monday more than 2,500 representatives of government organizations, top business executives are expected to take part in debates at the forum this year
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DAVOS, January 21, 4:05 /ITAR-TASS/. Consequences the reshaping of the world has exerted on politics, society and business will be the focal points of discussions at the 44th annual meeting of the World Economic Forum that opens in Davos, Switzerland, Tuesday.

The founder of the forum Klaus Schwab said Monday more than 2,500 representatives of government organizations, top business executives and public organization officials from a hundred countries are expected to take part in debates at the forum this year.

Presidents and Ministers of more than forty countries including Brazil, South Korea, Mexico, Britain, Italy, and Japan have confirmed their participation. The list of speakers who are going to declare their vision of the current situation includes Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani, Israeli President Shimon Peres and Israeli Prime Minister Binhamin Netanyahu.

Also, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is expected to come to Davos alongside with attending a peace conference on Syria, due to be held in Montreux.

All of this means that Switzerland will turn into a conferencing floor for the notable politicians and public personalities having the levers to influence the settlement of critical situations in global economy. The key events of the forum will take place from January 22 through to January 26.

A Russian delegation led by Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich will also attend the forum within the same period of time. The main session will be devoted to Russia’s forecasts for the future.

“A similar session was held last year but this time accent will be made on regional development and the priorities the /different/ regions of Russia set for themselves,” Dvorkovich said.

Other members of the Russian delegation are Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak, Economic Development Minister Alexei Ulyukayev, President of the constituent republic of Tatarstan, Rustam Minnikhanov, Telecommunications Minister Nikolai Nikiforov, Russian President’s representative at the G20 Svetlana Lukash, and a number of ministers.

“As at all previous meetings, a big number of senior executives of large Russian companies, both government-controlled and private ones, will be represented at the forum,” Dvorkovich said. “We’ve shaped up our program proceeding from the guidelines we believe to be priority ones for ourselves.”

For instance, Dmitry Kozak will chair some special events highlighting the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Sochi.

The international agenda of the forum will bring up some issues related to the G20 and BRICS, as well as to the problems of global energy security.

“Leaders of the global energy market - both corporate sector executives and ministers - have come to Davos and I’ll take part in their session, too,” Dvorkovich said.

Klaus Schwab said earlier this year’s program concentrates on four major issues - the influence of innovations on contemporary life, the prospects for global development, civic society’s engagement in economic processes, and the Nine Billions problem related to the growth of the world’s population.

Separate sessions will be devoted to climate changes, the future of healthcare, and unemployment among the young people. Separate discussions will center on the economic development of China, India, Mexico, Brazil, and Russia.

Also, accent will be made on a search of problems plaguing North Africa and the Middle East.

Last week, the World Economic Forum published a research into shot-term and long-term global risks. It says among other things that the fiscal crisis in the key economies, a shortage of potable water and unemployment remain the biggest problems.

As a separate problematic aspect, the report singles out a gap in the earnings of different sections of the population. It says the fact may undermined the positions of the middle class, which the supporting pillar of stable economies, and even cut down its numeric strength to a critical level.

The forum’s list of top ten risks includes climate change, cyber attacks, the food crisis, natural calamities and manmade disasters, the high political and social instability, as well as the breakdowns of financial and institutional mechanisms.

As usual, the airspace over Davos will be closed for flights though to the very end of the forum. The Swiss Air Force will intercept all the aircraft that will turn up inside in the 46-km no-flight zone.

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