The annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) is attended by political and business leaders and heads of international organisations and provides a unique forum for debate and discussion on a wide range of topics of global economic and political interest. I attended the 2013 annual meeting in Davos from 23-25 January. Details of my programme are set out below. The primary purpose of my engagements at the WEF was to promote Ireland as a location for international business and investment.
WEF Davos, 2013 – Taoiseach’s Programme
Wednesday 23 January
Working dinner for Heads of State or Government attending World Economic Forum, hosted by Professor and Mrs. Schwab.
Thursday 24 January
Meeting with New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) Euronext
Media event – CNBC Europe
Meeting with Ms. Christine Lagarde M.D. of the IMF to discuss progress in implementing Ireland’s EU/IMF Programme
WEF interactive plenary session on “Eurozone Crises –the way forward” with;
PM Monti of Italy
PM Rutte of Netherlands and
PM Thorning-Schmidt of Denmark
WEF working lunch on “Europe Growth and Employment”
Meeting with Diageo
IDA event for client companies and prospects (approximately 45 attendees) also meetings with
Friday 25 January
Media event - Reuters
Bank of America
WEF Private High-Level working lunch to discuss the prevailing global themes for 2013
Address at Transatlantic Business Dialogue on strengthening the EU-US trade and investment relationship.