The Davos World Economic Forum 2018 took place between the 23rd and the 26th of January, dedicated to subjects such as emerging powers in the global economy, sustainable development, special economic zones, green and sustainable investments, as well as education.
The Bridge Tank, represented by its president, Joël Ruet, attended several key events:
- The UNCTAD (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development) working lunch during which he spoke with the UNCTAD Deputy Secretary General Isabelle Durant, and the Indian State Secretary for Special Economic Zones.
- The launch of the AfroChampions Initiative, a platform devoted to the promotion of African homegrown companies and providing support to emerging African multinationals. Among the keynote speakers present were its cofounders: Samba Bathily and Thabo Mbeki (former South African President), Guinean President Alpha Condé, Mauritian President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim and the President of Zimbabwe Emmerson Mnangagwa.
- A Davos side event organized in partnership with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, attended by the Prince Turki bin Saud, chair of the executive committee of the Prince Mohammad bin Fahd Foundation for Humanitarian Development, and Jacques Attali, former head of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and of the bipartisan “Attali Commission”.
- The Next Einstein Forum, aimed at promoting science and teaching science in Africa. Dr Tolullah Oni spoke notably on public health, in line with the theme of the conference: ‘Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World’.