The 53rd edition of the World Economic Forum, an annual gathering that will be attended by 2,700 leaders from 130 countries, including 52 heads of state and government, begins today in Davos. For Italy, several top managers and entrepreneurs will be present, as well as the Minister of Education and Merit. Joseph Vallettara.
The World Economic Forum takes place this year at a time of international uncertainty, from the war in Ukraine to the energy crisis and the looming recession. As the chosen title itself expresses: “Cooperation in a fragmented world“.
The German Chancellor is expected to be one of the protagonists on the international stage Olaf Scholz and the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyenflanked by his deputy Valdis Dombrovskisand the President of Parliament Roberta Metsola. I was also waiting for the economic commissioner Paul Gentiloni and the Budget Commissioner John Hahn.
On the economic front, there are expectations for the President of the European Central Bank, the French Christine Lagarde and for the President of the International Monetary Fund, Kristalina Georgieva.
The White House has confirmed that Joe Biden will not be in Davos, nor will his deputy Kamala Harris or Secretary of State Antony Blinken. Instead, the climate officer will attend john kerrythe director of the FBI Christopher Wray with Avril HainesChief of National Intelligence.
Also unlikely is the arrival of Xi Jinping, who has only left once since Covid began, for the G20 summit in Bali, where China is now grappling with a new violent wave of the pandemic. Russia is absent and has been locked out of Davos since the invasion of Ukraine began. Ukraine is expected to send a smaller delegation to the forum than last May.
The President assures that the conflict will still exist Wef Borge Brende, one of the main topics of the forum, with the intervention of the NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg. And the two new members of the Atlantic Alliance, Sweden and Finland, will each send the foreign minister Ann Christine Lindeand the prime minister Sanna Marine.
The political situation in Brazil afterattack Last Sunday’s visit to the democratic institutions also rules out the possibility that among the surprise guests could be President Lula, who nevertheless decided to send two members of his government: the finance minister Fernando Haddad and the environment minister Marina Silva. The presence of the latter confirms that the environment and the climate crisis will indeed be another key topic of the forum.