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The World Economic Forum (WEF) is a Swiss non-profit foundation that is best known for its annual meeting in Davos, an alpine resort. The meeting brings together 2,500 business leaders, politicians, intellectuals and journalists to discuss the issues of the day. The gathering is often simply termed “Davos”, a reference to its venue.

Africa moving beyond ’risky’ reputation, leaders tell Davos

With growth rates to rival Asia and vast untapped potential, Africa has moved beyond its reputation as a risky place to do business, according to leaders from the continent as they seek to encourage more investment.

Thursday, 24 January, 2013, 11:35am

Big banks fail to regain trust of the public

Leaders of the world's biggest banks, from Citigroup's Vikram Pandit to Barclays' Bob Diamond, have failed to honour promises made in Davos to restore trust in their industry after the financial crisis.

24 Jan 2013 - 4:58am

Swiss troops prepared for anything at the World Economic Forum in Davos

Davos is on a war footing.

As snipers fan out over the rooftops of the Alpine resort and the Swiss army rolls kilometres of barbed wire through the town, officers have more than the security of delegates in mind.

They are also using the experience of protecting the World Economic Forum to prepare for a worst-case scenario: chaos sparked by a collapse of the euro.

24 Jan 2013 - 5:57am

CEOs less gloomy on economy, but less confident of growth: PwC Survey

Top business leaders are less gloomy about the prospects for the global economy than last year but are hardly brimming with confidence, according to a major survey released on the eve of the Davos forum.

24 Jan 2013 - 4:21am

Talking points

Davos brings world's elite together

23 Jan 2013 - 1:51am

Strange world - Tsang lectures Davos

There was that overly earnest and almost pained look again. Donald Tsang Yam-kuen does that whenever he wants to make sure you know that whatever he is doing is for your own good. Perhaps it's that Christian faith he is always talking about - his job is a selfless act.

2 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Couple recognised for refugee work

As the Australia Day 2012 Honours List is announced in Canberra today, two Hong Kong-based awardees will be on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, helping executives see how it feels to step into the shoes of a refugee.

26 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Stimulating talk

'Do we know what to do? Probably, yes. Will we do it? Probably not.' These were the pessimistic closing remarks after several days of intense discussion at the Tallberg Forum last June on climate change, sustainable development and the necessary transitions that societies must make to restore the ecological balance and preserve life as we know it.

24 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Amid lightweight attendance, Boao struggles with crisis of relevance

THE BOAO FORUM is supposed to be the Davos of Asia, 'an intellectual resource centre dealing with regional and global issues from an Asian perspective', according to its chairman, former Philippine President Fidel Ramos.

24 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

What 'world forum' without Asia?

The world is supposed to be getting smaller and more integrated as trade, capital flows and migration all grow a lot faster than populations and economies. But when it comes to ideas and interests, it is not at all clear that a fusion is taking place.

7 Feb 2005 - 12:00am