Davos, 23 January 2018
President Kagame today joined other Heads of State, government and top global business executives for the official opening of the 48th World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland. The opening plenary begun with a Special Address by H.E. Alain Berset, President of the Swiss Confederation, followed by welcoming remarks by Professor Klaus Schwab. The Prime Minister of India, H.E. Narendra Modi delivered opening Special Address.
The forum’s programme is built around four key objectives; driving sustained economic progress, navigating a multipolar and multi-conceptual world, overcoming divisions in society and shaping the agile governance of technology.
President Kagame also met with Deputy President of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa and Prime Minister of Norway Erna Solberg on the sidelines of the meeting. The President will tomorrow deliver closing remarks at the Peace-building in Africa as well as speak at the Washington Post Foreign Policy Lunch 2018 on Thursday.
Held under the theme Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World, this year’s four day forum is exclusively co-chaired by women who include; Sharan Burrow, General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), Fabiola Gianotti, Director-General of the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN); Isabelle Kocher, Chief Executive Officer of ENGIE; Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF); Ginni Rometty, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of IBM Corporation; Chetna Sinha, Founder and Chair of the Mann Deshi Foundation; and Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway.