When: January 20 – 23
Where: Davos-Klosters, Switzerland
The chilly Swiss mountain resort town of Davos will be in the focus of the world again for its annual business, political and economic confab as over 2,500 leaders from business, government, international organisations, civil society, academia, media and the arts participate in the 46th Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum. The theme of the ‘Meeting is Mastering the Fourth Industrial Revolution’. The Forum’s call out is for the world to have a comprehensive and globally-shared understanding of how technology is changing present lives and that of future generations, transforming existing economic, social, ecological and cultural contexts.
Some of the central questions that will be asked of the Fourth Industrial Revolution include: how will it transform industry sectors, including health, mobility, financial services and education? How can technology be deployed in ways that contribute to inclusive growth rather than exacerbate unemployment and income inequality?
# How will emerging technologies transform the global security landscape?
# How can governments build institutions capable of making decisions when the challenges they face are more complex, fast-moving and interconnected than ever before?
The African connection is seen in the co-chair roles handed down to French-Ivorian TidjaneThiam, chief executive officer of Credit Suisse, Switzerland and Tunisia’s AmiraYahyaoui, founder and chair, Al Bawsala in shaping the discussion at the Annual Meeting 2016. For non-African connections, look forward to the first time participation of North Korea. The Annual Meeting programme comprises over 250 sessions of which over 100 sessions will be webcast live. For more info:www.weforum.org