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World Economic Forum`s motto is “Committed to improving the state of the world,” and President Trump will attend

Every year at the end of January, it is time for World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos. The forum was founded in 1971 by Klaus Schwab. A German-born business professor at the University of Geneva. First named the “European Management Forum”, and then it changed its name to the World Economic Forum in 1987.

Its mission is cited as “committed to improve the state of the world by engaging business, political, academic, and other leaders of society to shape global, regional, and industry agendas”. President Trump is a business man and he will join the elite at the forum in Davos this time.

The meeting at Davos is synonymous with wealth and elite prestige and Presidents have therefore been concerned to participate because it would send wrong signals. Mr Trump will be the fist sitting President since Bill Clinton in 2000 to attend. Mr Trump is a business man and have an agenda. A message.

That being said; don`t forget the forums motto: “Committed to improving the state of the world.”

Mr Trump is finish with his first year as a President at the White House, and so far he has done a lot of good things, not only for the USA, but also for the rest of the world. But this is only the beginning.

The meeting in Davos brings together some 2,500 top business leaders, international political leaders, economists, and journalists for up to four days to discuss the most pressing issues facing the world.

But Trump`s agenda is not to make the world great again, but the USA. He will also try to sell his «America first» agenda to the world leaders. It is not difficult to understand that he also want to promote his policies to strengthen American businesses, their industry and their workers.

What Trump is doing in the U.S will also affect the rest of the world. For instance, a corporate tax cut in the U.S will also affect other countries. For all I know, maybe other countries will follow his strategy and cut the taxes as well.

Trump is also a great negotiator and he told Stoltenberg at NATO to pay the bills to the U.S Navy, and you know what; they did. This is brilliant. He is making USA more safe, but also NATO members and the European Union more safe.

I think Mr Trump will try to sell his economic growth agenda on the world stage and speak with the World Bank and the IMF, and I really look forward to his speech. It can be full of surprises. His administration said that Trump`s delegation to Davos will be large.

Mr Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israels capital. That can also be an issue if you think of the forums motto: “Committed to improving the state of the world.” We have seen this before.

At the 1994 annual meeting, Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres and PLO chairman Yasser Arafat reached a draft agreement on Gaza and Jerico. Two years earlier, South African President F.W de Klerk met with Nelson Mandela and Chief Mangosuthu Buthelezi, which was the first joint appearance outside South Africa.

North Korea was invited to Davos in 2016, “in view of positive signs coming out of the country,” the WEF noted. North Korea has not been attending the WEF since 1998. The invitation was accepted but after their nuclear test on January 6, 2016 (only days before the meeting), the invitation was revoked.

North Korea`s delegation was made subject to “existing and possible forthcoming sanctions.”

The country protested and called the decision by the WEF managing board a “sudden and irresponsible” move, but the WEF committee maintained the exclusion because under these circumstances there would be no opportunity for international dialogue.

Last year, a head of state from the People`s Republic of China was invited to the alpine resort. With the backdrop of Brexit, an incoming protectionist US administration and significant pressure on free trade zones and trade agreements, President Xi Jinping defended the global economic scheme, and portrayed China as a responsible nation and a leader for environmental causes.

President Xi Jinping rebuked the current populist movements that would introduce tariffs and hinder global commerce, warning that such protectionism could foster isolation and reduced economic opportunity. This is still a hot potato.

Two year ago, the forum announced the opening of its new Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution in San Francisco. They said the center will “serve as a platform for interaction, insight and impact on the scientific and technological changes that are changing the way we live, work and relate to one another.” Great news at that time.

What about the crypto currency revolution? The cryptobank boom? All this decentralized coins and banking industry with tokens and their «smart contracts» that is flooding the market. Will the world leaders talk about it, and will the central banks answer with a centralized version in the future?

 

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1% of the world’s population will own more wealth than the other 99% by next year

Did you say financial crisis? What crisis? Since the financial crisis the number of billionaires has more than doubled, according to Oxfam International. They has calculated that in 2014 the richest 85 people on the planet owned as much as the poorest half of humanity.

Last year the richest 85 people saw their wealth increase by half a million dollars every minute, and seven out of ten people live in countries where the gap between the rich and poor is worse than thirty years ago.

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Today there are 16 billionaires in sub-Saharan Africa, alongside the 358 million people living in extreme poverty. Every year, 100 million people are pushed into poverty because they have to pay for health care.

The executive Director of Oxfam International, Winnie Byanyima released the new report «Richest 1% will own more than all the rest by 2016» yesterday, and she says;

Extreme inequality isn`t just a moral wrong. We know that it hampers economic growth and it threatens the private sector`s bottom line.

The combined wealth of the richest 1 percent will overtake that of the other 99 percent of people next year unless the current trend of rising inequality is checked. Oxfam warned today ahead of the annual World Economic Forum meeting in Davos.

Byanyima will use her position at Davos to call for urgent action to stem this rising tide of inequality, starting with a crackdown on tax dodging by corporations, and to push for progress towards a global deal on climate change.

Wealth; Having it all and wanting more; a research paper published yesterday by Oxfam, shows that the richest 1 percent have seen their share of global wealth increase from 44 percent in 2009 to 48 percent in 2014 and at this rate will be more than 50 percent in 2016. Members of this global elite had an average wealth of $2.7 million per adult in 2014.

Of the remaining 52 percent of global wealth, almost all (46 percent) is owned by the rest of the richest fifth of the world’s population. The other 80 percent share just 5.5 percent and had an average wealth of $3,851 per adult – that’s 1/700th of the average wealth of the 1 percent.

Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director of Oxfam International, said: “Do we really want to live in a world where the one percent own more than the rest of us combined?

Twenty percent of billionaires have interests in the financial and insurance sectors, a group which saw their cash wealth increase by 11 percent in the 12 months to March 2014. These sectors spent $550 million lobbying policy makers in Washington and Brussels during 2013. During the 2012 US election cycle alone, the financial sector provided $571 million in campaign contributions.
Billionaires listed as having interests in the pharmaceutical and healthcare sectors saw their collective net worth increase by 47 percent. During 2013, they spent more than $500 million lobbying policy makers in Washington and Brussels.
Oxfam is concerned that the lobbying power of these sectors is a major barrier in the way of reforming the global tax system and of ensuring intellectual property rules do not lead to the world’s poorest being denied life saving medicines.

Pope Francis and Christine Lagarde (IMF) are among those warning that rising inequality will damage the world economy if left unchecked, while the theme of Thomas Piketty`s best selling book «Capital» was the drift back towards late 19th century levels of wealth concentration.

Oxfam made headlines at Davos last year with the revelation that the 85 richest people on the planet have the same wealth as the poorest 50 percent (3.5 billion people). That figure is now 80 – a dramatic fall from 388 people in 2010. The wealth of the richest 80 doubled in cash terms between 2009-14.

It`s not easy to be rich. Like Jack Ma (Alibaba) said; If you own 1 million you are the luckiest man in the world. If you own 100 million you got headache. If you own 1 billion you have a huge responsibility for the society. Most of the rich end up being philanthropists.

World Economic forum in Davos starts tomorrow.

 

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