The World Economic Forum (WEF), known as the Davos Forum, is canceling the 2021 edition to be held in Singapore, with its organizers making the announcement on Monday, specifying that the next meeting will be held by the first half of 2022 Will not happen.
Organizers of the event, which usually bring together the elite of politics, finance and diplomacy at the posh resort of Davos, said the place but the deadline would be set later, depending on a reassessment of the situation during the summer.
This annual edition of the World Economic Forum was scheduled to be held in Singapore in August, but organizers eventually rescinded, while the city-state, which until now has been much less affected by the Kovid-19 epidemic, underwent a series of sanctions last week declare. Increase in the number of cases.
Their founder, Prof. “It was a difficult decision, not only virtually but due to the great interest of our partners in meeting in person, to contribute to a more resilient, more inclusive and more sustainable world,” said Klaus Schwab. And the Executive Chairman, quoted in the press release.
“But at the end of the day, the health and safety of all those involved remains our top priority,” he said.
Forum organizers canceled this edition, specifically citing uncertain prospects for travel, the implementation of vaccination strategies at various speeds, as well as uncertainty around new forms that “make it today. An international meeting.” It is impossible to organize. Bringing the business together is largely planned by leaders, governments and civil society initially, ”the press release stated.
With the health crisis, the organizers of the forum first decided to move the event elsewhere in Switzerland, at the summit of Bergenstock near Lucerne, before choosing Singapore to face an increase in infection in the Alpine country. .
The version date in Singapore, which was meant to allow participants to meet on site, was initially scheduled for late May, although the first was already postponed. Eventually it was to take place from 17 to 20 August.
In January, the WEF nevertheless held a virtual summit dedicated to the major themes of the moment, including the epidemic and vaccine nationalism or the economic crisis.
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