Ruto, among African leaders set to attend WEF – Rebuilding Trust: World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2024

Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, January 10, 2024 – The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2024, set to be held from January 15 to 19, has generated significant anticipation as leaders from across the globe prepare to convene under the theme “Rebuilding Trust.” Among the prominent attendees is Kenyan President William Samoei Ruto, representing African leadership in discussions on vital global issues.

The Annual Meeting, hosted in Switzerland, is expected to bring together more than 2,800 leaders from 120 countries, including over 60 heads of state and government, public figures, business leaders, and representatives from international organizations.

Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, emphasized the importance of rebuilding trust in a world marked by division and uncertainty. The meeting’s agenda will focus on critical global challenges, including economic growth, climate and nature action, energy security, technology governance, and human development.

The Kenyan President, William Samoei Ruto, will join other top political leaders, such as Li Qiang, Premier of the People’s Republic of China; Emmanuel Macron, President of France; Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission; and many more, to discuss and collaborate on solutions to the world’s pressing issues.

Over 1,600 business leaders, including top CEOs and industry pioneers, will also participate in the meeting, reflecting the importance of public-private collaboration in addressing global challenges. Additionally, experts, heads of universities, research institutions, and civil society leaders will contribute to the dialogue.

The Annual Meeting 2024 will be livestreamed, allowing the wider public to access over 200 sessions. The Open Forum, now in its 21st year, will host panel discussions open to the public, focusing on “Science in Action.” The Global Collaboration Village will continue its work to broaden public access.

The meeting’s agenda encompasses discussions on global security, trade, economic growth, climate action, technological advancements, and human development. The World Economic Forum aims to facilitate innovative public-private cooperation and actionable solutions to address these challenges.

The meeting also highlights the importance of cooperation and diplomacy, with discussions on regional partnerships, North-South collaboration, and inclusive trade systems. It will be preceded by a gathering of 70 national security advisers, co-hosted by the Ukrainian and Swiss governments.

In the economic sphere, sessions will delve into industrial strategies, debt management, job prospects, and the global economic outlook for 2024. The Future of Growth Initiative will be launched to focus on the quality of growth, and the Global Risks Report 2024 will identify top risks for the near and long term.

On climate, nature, and energy, the Forum will build on COP28 outcomes to promote renewable energy, energy efficiency, and nature protection. Initiatives like the First Movers Coalition, Alliance of CEO Climate Leaders, and Financing the Transition to a Net-Zero Future will be discussed.

The Forum aims to harness the potential of rapid technological advancement while addressing associated risks. The meeting will release the global cybersecurity outlook and provide insights on artificial intelligence. Initiatives like the EDISON Alliance and AI Governance Alliance will advocate for inclusive and responsible AI systems.

Human development will be a key focus, with sessions on income inequality, social mobility, gender equality, health, and well-being. Initiatives such as the Reskilling Revolution and the Gender Parity Sprint will be highlighted.

The Arts and Culture programme will address critical issues, including the protection of the Amazon and its indigenous communities, gender equality, forced displacement, natural disasters, planet pollution, mental health, and well-being.

As the world grapples with complex challenges, the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2024 provides a platform for global leaders, including President William Samoei Ruto, to come together and seek collaborative solutions to rebuild trust and navigate the path towards a more promising future.

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