Croatian PM arrives in Davos



A window with the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting logo is seen in Davos, Switzerland, January 23, 2019. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann
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Illustration: A window with the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting logo is seen in Davos

Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic on Thursday arrived in the Swiss ski resort of Davos to take part in the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) which brought together political and business leaders as well as representatives of global and civil society organisations who will focus on resolving the current global challenges.

On the first day of the two-day annual meeting, Plenkovic will take part in two debates. The first one, called Globalisation 4.0, is an informal gathering of the world business leaders, with WEF president Borge Brende as the moderator. The second discussion is entitled The new impetus for Europe.

On Thursday, Plenkovic is also expected to hold a number of bilateral meetings with global business leaders, a meeting with the secretary general of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Jose Angel Gurria Trevino and CDU leader and possible future German Chancellor Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer.

On Friday, Plenkovic will take part in a panel debate on creating a stronger partnership for growth and peace in the Western Balkans. He will also hold talks with Bosnia and Herzegovina Prime Minister Denis Zvizdic.

About 3,000 business, government and civil society figures have gathered in the snow-blanketed ski resort.

US President Donald Trump pulled out of this year’s event as he grapples with a partial US government shutdown.

British Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron are also skipping the meeting as Macon seeks to respond to the “yellow vest” protests, while May battles to find a consensus on Brexit.

The event will also not be attended by the presidents of Russia and China.