World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2023, Davos

The WEF Annual Meeting 2023 convened from 16–20 January 2023 under the theme “Cooperation in a Fragmented World”. It gathered more than 2,700 leaders from government, business, and civil society to address the state of the world and discuss priorities for the year ahead.

Many of the discussions were looking at the major challenges that the world is facing, from the energy and food crisis to the future of work, social vulnerabilities and major geopolitical risks.

Several eTrade for all partners, including WEF, DCO, ITU, IFC, WTO, engaged in the dialogues at Davos to find solutions to global digital and development issues.

Technology for a More Resilient World

Derek O’Halloran, Head, Shaping the Future of Digital Economy & New Value Creation; Member, ExCom, World Economic Forum Geneva

In the face of a challenging decade, technology can be a critical tool in the transition to a cleaner, safer and more inclusive world. How should leaders be thinking about the strategic opportunities for technology to be an accelerator of progress in this new context?

LEARN MORE: World Economic Forum white paper Digital Transition Framework: An action plan for public-private collaboration


Big Bets for Digital Industries

Deemah Al Yahya, Secretary-General, Digital Cooperation Organization (DCO)

Accelerated adoption of technologies such as 5G, artificial intelligence and internet of things can drive sustainable transformation of industries and sustainable economic growth. How should business and government focus their investment priorities to deliver on this promise?

LEARN MORE: Here’s how emerging economies are investing in their digital future


Protecting Cyberspace amid Exponential Change

Doreen Bogdan-Martin, Secretary-General, International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
Jeremy Jurgens,
Managing Director, World Economic Forum Geneva

The confluence of rising cyberattacks and a complex geopolitical backdrop creates an increasingly challenging environment for decision-makers to predict, prioritize and respond to cyber risks. How can leaders foster a more secure and resilient digital ecosystem to prepare for future cyber shocks?

LEARN MORE: Global Cybersecurity Outlook 2023 published by the World Economic Forum


Tradetech Meets Fintech

Makhtar Diop, Managing Director, International Finance Corporation (IFC)
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Director-General, World Trade Organization (WTO)

The digitization of all aspects of international supply chains and transactions is enabling more accessible and reliable trade, financing and payments. How can the emergence of tradetech be accelerated to meet the world’s needs?

LEARN MORE: WTO must bolster cooperation in a fragmented world — DG Okonjo-Iweala in Davos


In the Face of Fragility: Central Bank Digital Currencies

Drew Propson, Head, Technology and Innovation in Financial Services, World Economic Forum LLC

Over 100 nations are exploring central bank digital currency (CBDC) and each has a different motive for implementation, now exacerbated by geopolitical fragility and financial instability. What can we learn from countries that have implemented CBDC solutions and can they provide resiliency in the face of global risks and the high-inflation, low-growth, high-debt economy?

LEARN MORE: Can central bank digital currencies help stabilize global financial markets?


EDISON Alliance – From Promise to Progress

Naoko Tochibayashi, Public Engagement Lead, Japan, World Economic Forum Tokyo

The EDISON Alliance – a global movement of public and private sector leaders committed to prioritizing digital inclusion – launched the 1 Billion Lives Challenge to improve 1 billion lives globally through affordable access to digital solutions across healthcare, finance, and education by 2025. During the press conference, the EDISON Alliance will share its first impact report highlighting the number and nature of lives improved across 90 countries.

LEARN MORE: Read the progress of the EDISON Alliance in The first alliance to accelerate digital inclusion and its impact report 1 Billion Lives Challenge


Deployment in the Industrial Metaverse

Jeremy Jurgens, Managing Director, World Economic Forum Geneva

The next era of the internet is fast approaching in the form of the metaverse, an immersive, interoperable and synchronous digital world. In the industrial metaverse, unique opportunities will arise from the convergence of artificial intelligence, digital twins, data and robotic technologies. How can industrial leaders maximize the benefits of the metaverse, while avoiding its disruptive potential?

LEARN MORE: The industrial metaverse and its future paths | World Economic Forum (weforum.org)

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