Medvedev headlines star cast at WEF Davos

Russian President Dimitri Medvedev will take centre stage at another star studded World Economic Forum (WEF) annual gathering in Davos later this month.

This content was published on January 19, 2011 - 14:42 and agencies

Medvedev will deliver the opening speech at the five-day meeting, that runs this year under the banner: “Shared Norms for the New Reality”. Movers and shakers from politics, business, arts, religion and social movements will make up the 2,500 people attending the event.

British Prime Minister David Cameron, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and South African President Jacob Zuma will be among other state heads to attend.

 The burning issues facing the delegates this year include economic protectionism, volatile currency exchange rates, rising commodity prices and corruption.

WEF founder Klaus Schwab told a media conference in Cologny on Wednesday that the priority was to prevent the global financial and subsequent economic crises from turning into a “social crisis”.

Companies have been asked to include at least one woman in every five delegates to this year’s event. The new quota system is designed to boost the stagnating numbers of women attending the meeting.

The 41st WEF Davos annual meeting will take place from January 26-30.

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