Mr Kikwete has joined over 50 world top leaders to attend the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting.The president arrived on Wednesday afternoon in Zurich where he visited FIFA headquarters at the invitation of the federation’s President, Sepp Blatter.
The president's delegation includes the Minister for Works, Dr John Magufuli, the Minister for Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives, Mr Christopher Chiza and the Minister in the Prime Minister's Office, Empowerment and Investment, Dr Mary Nagu. Others are BoT Governor, Prof Benno Ndulu, the Executive Secretary of the Planning Commission, Dr Phillip Mpango, and the Acting Executive Director of TIC, Raymond Mbilinyi.
World Economic Forum Founder and Executive Chairman Klaus Schwab opened the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2013, last Tuesday under the theme Resilient Dynamism. He welcomed the more than 2,500 participants from over 100 countries, including nearly 50 heads of state or government, 1,500 business leaders, and representatives from civil society, media, academia and the arts, with a call for “soul, heart, brains and good nerves”.
Schwab told participants: “It is my hope that you come out of this Meeting with a vision that goes beyond crisis management”. The Meeting’s other objectives are to increase passion about global citizenship, raise understanding of the world’s challenges and inspire resilience in the face of complex global problems.
Hilde Schwab, Chairperson and Co-Founder of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, presented the Crystal Award 2013 to three exceptional cultural leaders: artist Vik Muniz, documentary filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy, and actress Charlize Theron. Hilde Schwab said that the award is “to celebrate artists who not only excel in their art but also help to improve the world”.
The programme of the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting 2013 consists of some 260 sessions across three pillars: Leading through Adversity, Strengthening Societal Resilience, and Restoring Economic Dynamism.