Saturday 16 February 2019

Gavin McLoughlin: 'Meditation is cold comfort in Switzerland'

 

Other big names on the agenda for tomorrow include ex US vice-president Al Gore. AP Photo/Markus Schreiber
Other big names on the agenda for tomorrow include ex US vice-president Al Gore. AP Photo/Markus Schreiber

Gavin McLoughlin in Davos

The bitter cold of Davos seems somewhat appropriate for this year's World Economic Forum, given the apparent cooling of the global economy.

Perhaps investors' mood will be improved by this morning's schedule, which kicks off with a spot of 'Morning Meditation' for delegates.

U2 fans at the forum will be cheered by the appearance of Bono - he'll be speaking about how to raise more money to fund 'inclusive and sustainable' development.

Though a host of world leaders including Donald Trump and Theresa May have stayed away this year, delegates will still hear from some high-profile politicians today. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe are due to speak. Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte is likely to attract the most interest from the media however.

Other big names on the agenda for tomorrow include ex US vice-president Al Gore. He and Salesforce chairman Marc Benioff will discuss how to avoid destroying the oceans.

Alibaba chairman Jack Ma will speak about digitalising emerging markets. Fang Xinghai, vice chairman of the China securities regulatory authority, will be interesting to watch in a discussion about the links between financial shocks and political tensions.

Irish Independent

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