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World Economic Forum in Davos attended by representatives of 117 countries & NGOs

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By: Lailuma Noori

Afghanistan peace talks and counter terrorism were part of discussions between President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and a number of world leaders in sideline of the 50th meeting of World Economic Forum in Davos of Switzerland.
According to deputy spokesperson to Presidential Office Dawa Khan Menapal, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani asked for cooperation of Pakistan and international community with Afghanistan in maintaining peace and counter terrorism in the country. “It is an economic meeting, but President Ghani has met a number of leaders in sideline of the 50th World Economic Forum meeting in Davos and discussed peace process and counter terrorism. Role of the world, region and Pakistan is undoubtedly significant in peace talks,” Menapal said, adding that the country’s President asked Pakistan and the international community for cooperation with Afghanistan in peace process.
In the meeting, President Ghani by pointing to mostly challenges and obstacles facing Afghanistan economic development asked for investment and cooperation with Afghanistan.
The World Economic Forum annual meeting focused on global, regional and national initiatives that generate positive impact for all stakeholders.
This year was the 50th Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos. Business, governments and civil society had gathered to discuss the most pressing global issues with a view to improving the state of the world.
The World Economic Forum (WEF), based in Cologny-Geneva, Switzerland, is an NGO, founded in 1971. The WEF’s mission is cited as “committed to improving the state of the world by engaging business, political, academic, and other leaders of society to shape global, regional, and industry agenda”. It is a membership-based organization, and membership is made up of the world’s largest corporations.
The WEF hosts an annual meeting at the end of January in Davos, a mountain resort in Graubünden, in the eastern Alps region of Switzerland. The meeting brings together some 3,000 business leaders, international political leaders, economists, celebrities and journalists for up to five days to discuss global issues, across 500 public and private sessions.
The WEF was founded in 1971 by Klaus Schwab, a business professor at the University of Geneva. First named the European Management Forum, it changed its name to the World Economic Forum in 1987 and sought to broaden its vision to include providing a platform for resolving international conflicts.
The agenda for this year meeting was 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.
It is worth mentioning that this year 3,000 representatives from 117 countries and international non-government organizations including President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, US President Donald Trump and Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan attended the four-day World Economic Forum meeting in Davos. 

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