For the second year in a row, the work of the World Economic Forum (WEF) was held virtually, and business and government leaders met through their screens to discuss the challenges of the pandemic and economic reality.
After this year’s “Davos Agenda”, Borge Brende, President of the World Economic Forum, said that “international cooperation is an urgent necessity” to confront the repercussions of the pandemic, restore sustainable economic growth, and overcome escalating tensions in the international arena.
In an interview with Asharq Al-Awsat, Brenda said that despite the difficulties that accompanied the Corona pandemic, the world has succeeded, thanks to international cooperation between the public and private sectors, in developing safe vaccines in a record period, pointing to the importance of benefiting from this experience in the fields of economy, technology and migration.
Despite the escalation of tension between the active countries, Brende expressed cautious optimism, anticipating Chinese President Xi Jinping’s call for “peaceful development and profitable cooperation.”
In addition, Brenda said that the Middle East region has a unique opportunity to be at the center of global climate efforts, praising the “Green Saudi Arabia” and “Green Middle East” initiatives, which he considered “vital elements in global efforts to reduce emissions.”