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.
British Prime Minister David Cameron will use a speech at Davos on Friday to say Britain and the West have an opportunity to boost their economic fortunes by luring back jobs and factories from Asia, a trend he says is already under way.Friday, 24 January, 2014, 3:26pm
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe went to Davos to tell the world's business elite that Japan is back and is open for business. But on the way he tripped himself up and - yet again - opened old sores concerning Japan's troubled relations with China.25 Jan 2014 - 4:26am 19 comments
Most politicians coyly deny they want to lead their country until the last possible minute, but Myanmar's opposition leader, Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, dispensed with the usual pleasantries and announced unequivocally her desire to be president two years before the 2015 poll.8 Jun 2013 - 3:19am
The time has come to think the unthinkable: the era of American dominance in international affairs may well be coming to an end. As that moment approaches, the main question will be how well the US is prepared for it.29 May 2013 - 6:16am 12 comments
Davos forum and the world economy3 Feb 2013 - 6:39am
China's foreign-exchange regulator urged Group of 20 nations to improve collaboration to avoid any so-called currency wars while signalling he is comfortable with the value of the yuan.29 Jan 2013 - 4:56am
Japan’s controversial new economic policy emerged as one of the hot topics at this year’s Davos forum, with talk of currency wars and strong rebuttals from Japanese officials.
The new government in Tokyo, led by Shinzo Abe, has pushed the Bank of Japan (BOJ) to step up efforts to battle nearly two decades of deflation and sluggish growth in the world’s third-largest economy.29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am
George Soros, one of the most outspoken critics of Germany's proposed austerity policies to solve the European debt crisis, said the euro was here to stay and would gain as other nations tried to devalue their currencies.26 Jan 2013 - 4:36am
British Prime Minister David Cameron told European leaders yesterday that any attempt to force countries into ever-deeper political union was a mistake that Britain would not be part of.25 Jan 2013 - 3:05am
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
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
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
Hong Kong has topped the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Financial Development Index for the second consecutive year, topping the index ratings for the breadth, depth and efficiency of the world’s leading financial centres.29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am
Hong Kong has been named the world's top financial centre for the second year running by the World Economic Forum.
The independent organisation gave the city top spot again because of its solid business infrastructure, abundant human capital and low-tax environment.1 Nov 2012 - 4:48am
After the initial excitement spurred by Premier Wen Jiabao's pledge of fiscal support abates, investors may want to see more concrete steps from the government before they are convinced about an economic rebound.13 Sep 2012 - 4:48am