World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting 2022 deferred due to continued uncertainty over Omicron outbreak

New Delhi:

The World Economic Forum (WEF) has deferred its Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland, due to the continued uncertainty over the Omicron outbreak. The meeting was scheduled between January 17 and 21, 2022 in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland. It is now planned for early summer.

“Participants will instead join a headline series of State of the World sessions bringing together global leaders online to focus on shaping solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges,” World Economic Forum said.

The Forum said that the ongoing pandemic conditions make it “extremely difficult” to deliver a global in-person meeting. “Preparations have been guided by expert advice and have benefited from the close collaboration of the Swiss government at all levels,” it added.

The WEF said that despite adhering to stringent health protocols, the transmissibility of Omicron and its impact on travel and mobility have made deferral necessary.

It further said that the health and safety of everyone involved in physical meetings including participants, collaborators and the host community have always been the Forum’s priority.

“The deferral of the Annual Meeting will not prevent progress through continued digital convening of leaders from business, government and civil society,” said Professor Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum. 

“Public-private cooperation has moved forward throughout the pandemic and that will continue apace. We look forward to bringing global leaders together in person soon,” Professor Schwab added.


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