World economic uncertainties associated with the US sub-prime
mortgage crisis and high energy prices are high on the agenda of
the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting which opened in Davos
Some 2,500 people, including business and political leaders as
well as heads of internatioal organizations, are gathering at this
famous Alpine ski resort for the five-day forum, which aims to
tackle the major issues facing the world and shape the global
agenda for the year ahead.
According to the program of the meeting, several sessions on
world economic prospects and problems will be held on
One session is titled "If America Sneezes, Does the World Still
Catch a Cold?" Economists and officials at the session are to
discuss such questions as whether "the long predicted decoupleing
of global growth from the US economy" is finally happening.
They will also try to answer the question whether China, India
and other emerging markets can drive global growth if there is a US
Another session will address the major threats to the world
economy in 2008, including continued losses from the US sub-prime
mortgage crisis, record highs in energy and commodity prices and
bubbling equity markets in emerging economies.
Besides economic problems, global risks ranging from climate
change to pandemics will also be discussed on the first day of the
meeting. Other topics include the leadership changes in North-East
Asia, the surprising rise of Latin America and the situation in the
The opening plenary of the annual meeting will focus on two key
issues facing the world -- climate change and terrorism, and will
also be addressed by U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
The theme of this year's meeting is "The Power of Collaborative
"Looking to the future, it becomes readily apparent that
complexity, competing interests and scarce resources remain the
greatest obstacles to progress on the global agenda in the absence
of greater leadership and global stewardship," the WEF said in a
"It is in this challenging context that the WEF will highlight
'The Power of Collaborative Innovation' as the principal theme for
the annual meeting 2008 in Davos," the statement said.
(Xinhua News Agency January 24, 2008)