By: Suraya Raiszada
The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting convenes in Davos, Switzerland, and brings together world leaders to discuss global, regional and industry agendas at the beginning of each year. In this regard, the Forum’s mission – improving the state of the world – guides the design and development of the Annual Meeting’s objectives.
On behalf of Afghanistan government, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has left for Davos to participate in the meeting. It is determine that President Ghani will met a number of world leaders to discuss Afghanistan peace process, regional issue and the country’s economic developments.
The 50th annual meeting will focus on global, regional and national initiatives that generate positive impact for all stakeholders. Four global issues that will feature prominently on the agenda are: How to address the urgent climate and environmental challenges that are harming our ecology and economy; How to transform industries to achieve more sustainable and inclusive business models as new political, economic and societal priorities change trade and consumption patterns; How to govern the technologies driving the Fourth Industrial Revolution so they benefit business and society while minimizing their risks to them; and How to adapt to the demographic, social and technological trends reshaping education, employment and entrepreneurship.
So far, our people have witnessed lots of meetings on key political and economic issues, but what will be the effectiveness of such meetings on Afghanistan? A number of Afghan political experts believe that such meetings are good for Afghanistan.
“International and regional meetings have particular agenda for discussion and can be effective for domestic and international policies of countries, but what is important in this regard is that Afghanistan government should take advantage of such meetings to absorb consideration of world leaders to economic and political development of Afghanistan,” said Saifuddin Saihoon, an Afghan university lecturer.
He stressed that Afghanistan has attended lots of international and regional conferences held in various countries to discuss peace, reconstruction, economic development and counter terrorism, adding if the government attended such meetings with a comprehensive plan and program, that would give good results.
He further said that mechanisms that could be effective for the future of Afghanistan were to have a political determination in the government, implement commitments of the international community and reach agreement with civil society organizations and the people.
Meanwhile, Hashimi, an Afghan civil society activist, believes that such meetings have not put any impacts on reduction of terrorism and extremism and narcotics in Afghanistan, adding that such meetings are symbolic and most of their agenda are not implemented.
It is worth mentioning that the World Economic Forum meeting is held from 21 – 24 January in Davos of Switzerland.