Ellen Flies to World Economic Forum in Switzerland


President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Tuesday January 21, flew to Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, to participate in events of the World Economic Forum.

The World Economic Forum, founded by Klaus Martin Schwab, is an independent international organization that brings commitment to improving the state of the world by engaging business, political, academic and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas.

In 1971, Mr. Schwab, a German, founded the World Economic Forum as a not-for-profit foundation committed to improving the state of the world, and later building it into today’s global partnership of business, political, and intellectual leaders.

The forum, for this year will be held under the theme: “The Reshaping of the World: Consequences for Society, Politics and Business.” It runs from January 22-25.

President Sirleaf will address the Plenary Session and be a Panelist on the subject of “Reshaping the World through Entrepreneurship, Education and Employment.” Her focus will be employment and gender parity, the Executive Mansion disclosed.

The Liberian President will participate, as a special guest and/or panelist, at various sessions during the Forum, including Resilient Economies and the Water, Food & Energy Nexus.

“This topic is germane to Liberian, due to the state of the Liberian economy and the absence or the inadequacy of basic necessities such as water, food and energy,” a prominent Liberian said when he was informed of the Liberian leader’s trip.

He hoped that President Sirleaf adequately addresses this topic and learn from other world leaders how these fundamental problems can be solved.

Other major topics to be addressed by President Sirleaf include: Industry Partnership Meetings for Mining and Metals, as well as Energy; an Africa-Japan Roundtable on TICAD follow-up; an Informal Gathering of World Economic Leaders and Reshaping the Global Climate Agenda.

The Mansion also disclosed that President Sirleaf will also attend a reception hosted by her alma mater, Harvard University; a private reception, followed by a private dinner, hosted by Professor Klaus Schwab – the founder of the World Economic Forum – and his wife, in honor of Heads of State and Government, international organizations, co-chairs, members of the Foundation Board, International Business Council and Strategic Partners.

She will also hold private meetings with mining executives.

Mr. Klaus Martin Schwab, born March 30, 1938 is a German engineer, best known as the founder and executive chairman of the world economic forum.

Dr. Schwab holds a Doctorate in Economics (summa cum laude) from the University of Fribourg, a Doctorate in Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and a Master of Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Governance at Harvard University. Additionally, he has been the recipient of over a dozen honorary doctorates and is an honorary professor of the Ben-Gurion University of Israel and the China Foreign Affairs University.

Schwab was Professor of Business Policy at the University of Geneva from 1972 to 2002. He is the author of several books. Since 1979, he has published the Global Competitiveness Report, an annual report assessing the potential for increasing productivity and economic growth of countries around the world, written by a team of economists. The report is based on a methodology developed by Schwab, measuring competitiveness not only in terms of productivity but also based on sustainability criteria.

From 1993-1995, Schwab was a member of the UN High-Level Advisory Board on Sustainable Development. From 1996-1998, he was Vice-Chairman of the UN Committee for Development Planning. He also exercised a number of functions in the global public interest.

While President Sirleaf is away from the country, the Minister of Internal Affairs, Morris M. Dukuly, will coordinate the affairs of State in consultation with Vice President Dr. Joseph N. Boakai, Sr.


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