WEF meeting in Singapore postpone until August

WEF meeting in Singapore postpone until August

The WEF meeting that was set for May was rescheduled for August.

The World Economic Forum (WEF) Special Annual Meeting that was due to take place in Singapore in May has been rescheduled to August.

The meeting will convene on Aug 17 to Aug 20 instead of May 25 to May 28, as initially scheduled.

“Although the World Economic Forum and Government of Singapore remain confident of the measures in place to ensure a safe and effective meeting, and local transmission of COVID-19 in Singapore remains at negligible levels, the change to the meeting’s timing reflects the international challenges in containing the pandemic,” said the WEF in a news release on Wednesday (Feb 3).

“Current global travel restrictions have made planning difficult for an in-person meeting in the first half of the year. 

“Furthermore, differing quarantine and air transport regulations have increased the lead time necessary to ensure that participants globally can make arrangements to join.”

The Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) said following the announcement that the Singapore Government “understands the challenges” faced by the WEF and has agreed to the rescheduling.

“We will continue to partner the World Economic Forum closely to host a safe and successful Special Annual Meeting in Singapore,” said MTI in response to media queries.

The Special Annual Meeting in Singapore in August will be the first global leadership summit to address the challenges of recovering from the pandemic, said the WEF. The meeting is usually held in Davos, Switzerland.

“A global leadership summit needs the participation of all global stakeholders,” said Klaus Schwab, founder and executive chairman of the WEF. 

“The Special Annual Meeting in Singapore in August will provide the place for leaders from business, government, and civil society to come together to address the steps for global recovery.”

Source: CNA.

WEF to be host in Singapore next year

WEF to be host in Singapore next year

The World Economic Forum (WEF) will convene its Special Annual Meeting in Singapore next year from May 13 to May 16. 

The event will be the first global leadership event to address worldwide recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, said WEF in a press release on Monday.

“This in-person meeting will bring together leaders to focus on shaping solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges,” it added. 

The meeting is usually held in Davos, Switzerland every year. “The change in location reflects the Forum’s priority of safeguarding the health and safety of participants and the host community,” said WEF.

“After careful consideration, and in light of the current situation with regards to COVID-19 cases, it was decided that Singapore was best placed to hold the meeting.”

In a press release on Monday, Singapore’s Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) said WEF’s decision to hold the meeting in Singapore “reflects its confidence in our management of the COVID-19 pandemic thus far”.

“The hosting of WEF’s Special Annual Meeting will have a positive impact on Singapore’s MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions, and Exhibitions) sector and adjacent sectors such as hospitality,” added MTI.

Minister for Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing said: “As the world battles COVID-19, there is an even greater impetus for countries to cooperate, collaborate, and partner each other to address pressing global issues.”

Mr. Chan also expressed “confidence” in Singapore’s ability to maintain public health and safety “while supporting the World Economic Forum’s mission to effect positive change through collaboration and engagement”.

MTI said this would be the second time the WEF Special Annual Meeting will be held outside of Switzerland since its establishment in 1971, and the first time it will be held in Asia.

Why is so important the WEF?

Founder and Executive Chairman of World Economic Forum Klaus Schwab said a global leadership summit is of “crucial importance to address how we can recover together”. 

He added that the Special Annual Meeting 2021 would be a place for leaders from business, government, and civil society to meet for the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“Public-private cooperation is needed more than ever to rebuild trust and address the fault lines that emerged in 2020,” he said. 

The World Economic Forum will also hold a virtual event from Jan 25, 2021, to Jan 29, 2021, during the usual “Davos week”. 

It will feature participation from heads of state and government, chief executive officers, civil society leaders, global media, and youth leaders from Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Latin America, and North America.