Business leaders gathered in Detroit on Thursday for the World Trade Organization’s annual conference to mark the end of its seven-day meetings in the U.S. will be asked about how to keep the world economy on track, and how the World Bank will help them do it.
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MORE Business leaders will be given a chance to raise their concerns with the president and vice president, a process they will be expected to follow, the WEF said in a release on Thursday.
“This is a global gathering, and the participants of the WEFs summits are expected to raise some of the most important issues facing the world today,” WEF CEO Klaus Schwab said in the release.
“The agenda of the conference will focus on trade, investment and employment, climate change, health, and education.”
In an email to The Globe and Mail, WEF chairwoman Carol Browner said she believes the leaders have a lot to learn.
“The participants of our summits have a long and varied history of working together to advance economic and environmental goals, and I am confident that they will have a great opportunity to continue to make the world a better place,” Browner wrote.
“We look forward to seeing the leaders address key issues that will shape the future of the world.”
The leaders are expected for an hour-long session on Thursday at the Detroit Marriott Marquis in Detroit.
The WEF’s first-ever global conference is being held in Detroit, but it is being called the World Business Summit.
The meeting will be a key forum for the leaders to hammer out their final agenda, which is expected to include a number of key initiatives.
The summit is being organized by the World Resources Institute, which aims to foster cooperation between the private sector and the global community.
The group’s agenda includes topics ranging from agriculture, climate and energy, to energy security, education, energy security in the Arctic, sustainable development and women’s issues.
“Our goal is to bring together global leaders to discuss how we can address the challenges facing the global economy,” said WEF president and CEO Maria van der Hoeven, in a statement.
The leaders will also be meeting with leaders from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the World Food Programme, which also is part of the event.
The event will also focus on “economic, social and political development issues,” the WEA said.
The WEFs annual meeting has been held in the city of Detroit since 2002.