Davos 2014: Mauritius to focus on ocean economy; climate change
Prime Minister Navin Ramgoolam will represent Mauritius at the landmark meeting and will intervene on the themes of the ocean economy, climate change, sustainable development, and renewal of economic partnerships between states. (Image: Davos)
The 44th World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting will take place over three days starting January 22, 2014 in Davos, Switzerland where more than 2,500 leaders from almost 100 countries and over 40 heads of state or government will be present.
Prime Minister Navin Ramgoolam will represent Mauritius at the landmark meeting and will intervene on the themes of the ocean economy, climate change, sustainable development, and renewal of economic partnerships between states.
These topics will be covered over 23 different sessions and will have a crucial impact on the island nation as it seeks to position itself as an ocean economy and realize its goal of sustainable development as outlined under Maurice Ile Durable (MID).
This year’s annual meeting will touch upon the intense need for further structural reforms in emerging and developed markets, and international relations that are still disrupted by a continuous rapid change in the global, regional and industry agendas.
Leaders from industry, government, academia, civil society and media will be provided with a platform to shape the global agenda and catalyse solutions at the start of the year.
For this annual meeting, the theme chosen is “The Reshaping of the World: Consequences for Society, Politics and Business.”
There will be sessions on climate change and the post-2015 development goals, the future of health and healthcare, youth unemployment challenge, economic prospects in major emerging economies in China, Brazil, India, Mexico, Russia, North Africa and Middle East.
The 2014 forum will witness the participation of more than 20 industry groups among which the most highly represented stakeholder group is the government with 288 participants, followed by the Banking and Capital markets sector with 230 participants and finally, 225 participants from the media sphere.
Heads of state or government will come from Australia, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Brazil, Colombia, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea, Haiti, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Kazakhstan, Liberia, Mauritius, Mexico, Mongolia, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Panama, Republic of Korea, Rwanda, Senegal, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania and the United Kingdom.
Participants in this year’s WEF will have to face questions on four different topics: disruptive innovation, inclusive growth, society’s new expectations and a world of 9 billion.
Disruptive innovation will be centered round organizations, industries and institutions which can turn disruption into long-term opportunities due to the scientific breakthroughs and technological forces which are changing the way people live, learn, communicate and collaborate.
For inclusive growth, all global, regional and industry drivers of prosperity as well as all models, sectors and industries which will generate flexible and reasonable growth will be discussed.
Regarding society’s new expectations, participants will discuss on necessary steps to orient businesses for the longer term, make government more accountable and strengthen civic participation.
And finally, ‘a world of 9 billion’ will touch upon the ways in which economies can embark on a more sustainable path to development.
In the context of sustainable development, is to be noted that the US is considered as the world’s largest emitter of carbon dioxide with an average of 19 tons. The country has been repeatedly requested to join the Kyoto Protocol in order to reduce its carbon dioxide’s emission and be in compliance with the WEF.
The previous WEF meet, held from January 23 to 27, 2013, covered three pillars: leading through adversity, strengthening societal resilience, and restoring economic dynamism.