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EC bulletin 2/18

Wo r l d E c o n o m i c F o r u m

Davos 2018: drifts and dialogues

Once again, thousands of business leaders, politicians, as well as

many Heads of State, converged on Davos at the end of January with

the small Swiss town playing host to the annual World Economic

Forum (WEF). With OPEC Secretary General, Mohammad Sanusi

Barkindo in attendance, the

OPEC Bulletin

reports on the four-day



hile snow is always expected in Davos in January,

it is after all a ski resort, the 2018 edition of the

annual WEF saw delegates confronted by the larg-

est snowfall the alpine Swiss town has seen in about two

decades. A thick blanket of snow greeted their arrival,

with traffic often snarled up, pavements treacherous, and

the mountains shrouded in a veil of white.

In fact, given the plethora of blogs and


posts from the event, it was snow that was on every-

one’s minds as they arrived. There were various pic-

tures of snow ploughs, drifts covering the whole sides

of buildings, vehicles completely engulfed in snow, and

security guards resembling ice-men. However, this did

little to dampen the spirit of delegates, and as the meet-

ing began, blue skies slowly began to peep through the

blanket of clouds.

This year’s annual meeting of the WEF was a four-

day event that took place between January 23 and 26,

attracting over 2,500 participants, including a who’s

who of leaders from the world of politics, business and

civil society. The event takes in the whole of Davos, as

well as neighbouring Klosters too. You cannot drive, or

walk if that is your preference, without seeing some event

related to the WEF experience.