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World Economic Forum Fixed For Jan. 28

By Daily Graphic
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The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2009 promises to be one of the most important events in the forum's history.

The significance of the meeting is such that 42 Heads of State and government have already confirmed their participation in Davos-Klosters where they will join business leaders as well as NGOs, Trade Unions and experts from a wide range of fields. The meeting will be focused on managing the current crisis and shaping the entire post-crisis agenda, from economic reform to climate change.

The meeting  is characterised by the unparalleled quality of its business participation. This year, over 2,500 participants from the business, political and cultural communities will address the annual meeting which is on the theme, “Shaping the Post-Crisis World.”

There is a unique opportunity at the beginning of 2009 for leaders from industry, government and civil society to shape this transformation at an early stage for the benefit of all stakeholders.

The objective of the annual meeting 2009 is to catalyse a holistic and systematic approach to improve the state of the world in a manner that integrates all stakeholders of global society.

An important preparatory conference convened the most comprehensive network of experts in the world in Dubai in November. Over 700 members of 69 global agenda councils met to advance solutions to the most critical challenges facing humanity. Their insights and recommendations have helped to catalyse solutions for the manifold challenges we face in 2009.

During the five day meeting, over 2,500 participants from 91 countries will gather in Davos. Around 75 per cent are business leaders, drawn principally from the Forum's members – 1,000 of the foremost companies from around the world and across economic sectors.

More than 1,170 CEOs and chairpersons from the world's leading companies are participating this year.

Other major categories of participants from around the world include: 219 public figures, including 40 Heads of State or government, 64 cabinet ministers, 30 heads or senior officials of international organisations and 10 ambassadors.

More than 432 participants from civil society, including 32 heads or representatives of non-governmental organisations, 225 media leaders, 149 leaders from academic institutions and think tanks, 15 religious leaders of different faiths and 11 union leaders.

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