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President Ilves at the World Economic Forum: Davos will become a global think tank for the next four days


President Toomas Hendrik Ilves took a plane to Switzerland today to attend the World Economic Forum, where he will participate in a number of discussions on the future of information technology, economy and security.

Once again, the World Economic Forum annual meeting will bring together thousands of international business leaders, top world politicians, academicians and influential journalists from all over the world. From Wednesday until Saturday, discussions will be held in Davos on the challenges that we face today. This year, the focus will be on digital development issues and analysis of their causes, possible solutions and consequences.

"Davos is an important place for interpreting our world; this place will become a global think tank for the next four days; a place where ideas that will influence many things around us and us ourselves are born," stated President Ilves, who will take part in the Davos Summit for the third time. "Compared to when I first took part in the events in Davos, this year's agenda shows that issues related to digital development and cyber security have taken a dominant role."

This year, President Ilves will take part in a number of the World Economic Forum panel sessions to discuss cyber security, global security, the economic and political future of Ukraine, the influence on information technology on the economy and the so-called fourth industrial revolution.

The Estonian Head of State, who takes part in the Davos Summit with his spouse at the invitation of one of the organisers, Professor Klaus Schwab, will also introduce the recently completed World Bank's 'World Development Report 2016: Digital Dividends', which was prepared under the joint leadership of President Toomas Hendrik Ilves. President Ilves has also been invited to give a presentation to the world's largest network of consultation enterprises, where he will introduce Estonia as a safe and good economic and investment environment.

The World Economic Forum (WEF) is a Swiss non-profit foundation that organises a summit every year in January in the mountain resort in Davos, eastern Switzerland. In addition, WEF will organise six to eight additional regional events in different places all over the world.

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