Davos business leaders’ event postponed over Omicron

LONDON (BBC): The elite annual gathering of business and political leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos has been postponed due to the spread of Omicron.
The meeting was due to take place in Switzerland from 17-21 January, but is now planned for “early summer”.
WEF said the current pandemic conditions “make it extremely difficult to deliver a global in-person meeting”.
Instead, it said participants would take part in a series of “state of the world” sessions online.
“The deferral of the annual meeting will not prevent progress through continued digital convening of leaders from business, government and civil society,” said Prof 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.” Last year, the annual WEF meeting was shifted from Davos because of Covid and had been due to be held in Singapore during August before the event was cancelled.
Switzerland has become the latest country to introduce new Covid restrictions, including a mandatory order to work from home, as the Omicron variant of Covid spreads through Europe.

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