After coronavirus pause, Davos to host world’s elites again

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The theme of the 2022 event will be ‘Working Together, Rebuilding Trust’.

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After a two-year hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, organizers of the annual Davos conference will host a high-profile gathering of the elite in person in the Swiss Alps in January.

The World Economic Forum said on Thursday that its next annual meeting would be held from January 17-22 in the resort village of Davos in eastern Switzerland. A virtual edition was held in January this year, after repeated attempts to reschedule an individual event were thwarted by health concerns and logistical constraints stemming from the pandemic.

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The forum said the 2022 event will have the theme of “working together, restoring trust” after the ravages of COVID-19, which have “increased fractures in society”. Organizers will host next year’s event with appropriate and customized health safeguards, it said.

“In a world filled with uncertainty and tension, personal dialogue is more important than ever,” forum founder Klaus Schwab said in a statement. “Leaders have an obligation to work together and build trust, enhance global cooperation, and work towards sustainable, bold solutions.”

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Over the past half century, Davos’ annual gathering has had an almost unparalleled ability to woo the world’s top movers and shakers in business, politics, academia and the arts and civil society.

US President Joe Biden attended before he was elected, former President Donald Trump went to office twice, and President Xi Jinping of China and Vladimir Putin of Russia also attended.


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