Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky will headline the frenetic first day of the World Economic Forum's annual meeting in the Swiss ski resort of Davos. Government officials from the United States, the European Union, China, the Middle East and other countries are also expected to attend on Tuesday. .
President Zelensky has made the country's long-stalled defense against Russia a political leader's policy, just as the war between Israel and Hamas, which reached its 100th day this week, has sucked up much of the world's attention and raised concerns about Russia. I will try to keep it in mind. broader conflicts in the Middle East;
Tuesday's activities began with a fast-paced and eclectic agenda in a room at the Davos Conference Center, with issues as diverse as innovation in Europe, the economic impact of generative AI, corporate support for clean technology, and the interest rate environment being discussed.
The talks with the prime ministers of Qatar and Jordan were the most watched of the day, with speeches from Chinese Premier Li Qiang, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan. We are planning to conclude this event.
President Zelensky was once reluctant to leave the war-torn country, against a backdrop of Western donor fatigue and concerns from former US President Donald Trump, who had touted good relations with Ukraine. has been on a whirlwind tour of late to rally support for Ukraine's cause against Russia. Russian President Vladimir Putin may return to the White House next year.
On Monday, President Zelensky stopped in the Swiss capital Bern, where President Viola Amherd promised to start working with Ukraine to help hold a “peace summit” for Ukraine.
Zelenskyy followed this up with his first visit to Davos as president, after previously delivering speeches by video. He hopes to use the high profile of the event as a bullish pulpit to highlight Ukraine's pressing needs, and allies will also be lining up. An invitation-only “CEO for Ukraine” morning session will be held prior to the afternoon speeches.
Forum organizers said business leaders will ask “what kind of immediate support is needed” and one day present how the private and public sectors can help rebuild Ukraine. The session will be attended by NATO leader Jens Stoltenberg, German Deputy Prime Minister Robert Habeck, and Penny Pritzker, the US special envoy for Ukraine's economic recovery.
Later on Tuesday, leaders of some of Ukraine's main European allies, Lithuanian President Hytanas Nauseda, Dutch Foreign Minister Hanke Bruins Slot and Spanish Foreign Minister José Manuel Álvarez Bueno, announced that Ukraine's I am planning to participate in a session on “Horizon.''
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The theme of the Davos meeting was “rebuilding trust,” and it was held at a time when sentiment around the world is beginning to waver. Wars in the Middle East and Europe are increasingly dividing the world into different camps.
Even as the geopolitical situation looks gloomy, companies seem more hopeful, given the prospect that artificial intelligence can help improve productivity. Major stock indexes in Europe and the United States soared in 2023, and expectations for lower interest rates rose due to lower inflation rates.
Consulting firm PwC said in its 27th annual CEO survey that economic optimism among executives has doubled in the past year, although the outlook for the next decade is less uncertain. Faced with pressures from climate change and technologies such as artificial intelligence, more and more business owners are worried that their businesses won't be viable in 10 years if they don't reinvent themselves.
AI will be a major topic at Davos all week, with sessions scheduled for Tuesday including a major talk by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella (whose company is investing billions in ChatGPT maker OpenAI) is planned.