World Economic Forum 2016

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According to  its  website www.weforum.org, the World Economic Forum is an international foundation for public - private cooperation  which ' aims  to engage the political, business and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas '.  In contrast to intergovernmental efforts, such as the UN, the IMF or the G7 / G8, the Forum began as a private initiative; it was established in Geneva, Switzerland, as a non - profit foundation. It claims to be independent, impartial and not tied to any special interests. It is considered to have significant influence. At the same time, it attracts considerable criticism. To its proponents, the organisation – through its meetings – enables business, NGOs  and political leaders to meet and debate possible solutions to key issues of global concern.

On 20 - 23 January 2016, over 40 heads of state and over 2500 participants from  business, government, international organisations, civil society, academia, media and the arts will gather for the 46th Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos - Klosters (Switzerland).

Prime Minister Wickremesinghe has been invited to attend the World Economic Forum this year. This is the first time that a Sri Lankan political leader has been invited to attend the Davos meeting. Ministers Ravi Karunanayake and Malik Samarawickrema will accompany the Prime Minister in this tour.

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