Phew! What a day! For a day before the actual start of the formal sessions at Davos, this has been a very demanding day. CP shot off directly to a meeting, arriving from Zurich in the afternoon, even before he could check into his hotel. With barely time for freshening up, Vineet had to rush for a media interview. This set the tone for most of the evening till the start of the Day before Davos event at Kaffee Klatsch. The Cafe was at its best - rustic and welcoming. The Djs mixed modern music with world music and strains of Bhangra as well. Our guests streamed in and bonded over local delicacies including some Swiss fondue. The visitors upped the ante when we were visited by the Trade Minister of an important country along with his staff and also by a State Chief Minister. Overall it was a fabulou and over-the-top participation.
The main WEF forum also had the formal inauguration at the Congress Center. It was launched by an inaugural address by Dr. Kluas Schawb. In his opening address he asked participants to put human values at the center of their deliberations. Pope Francis, in a message that was read out to the audience said “Business is – in fact – a vocation, and a noble vocation, provided that those engaged in it see themselves challenged by a greater meaning of life”. Attendees who joined us for dinner later, felt that the focus of this WEF will be on addressing inequality – wealth, gender, race. The 2014 Crystal Awards were also awarded to honor artists who use their “creativity to push the limits and show us new ways of living our professional and personal lives”. This year’s three awardees are actor and humanitarian, Matt Damon, renowned opera tenor, Juan Diego Florez and artist and filmmaker, Shirin Neshat. It is expected that this year’s forum will be attended by over 2,500 leaders including over 30 heads of states or governments. The event is just getting started and there is already the buzz in the air.
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