The high contagion of Omicron and the possibility of imposing travel restrictions make the postponement of the forum absolutely necessary, the organizers of the WEF explained. Instead of a face-to-face summit, online events are planned
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The World Economic Forum (WEF), which was scheduled to be held in Davos, Switzerland, in January 2022, has been postponed indefinitely. This is stated in a message on the forum's website. According to preliminary data, the WEF may be held in the early summer of 2022.
The reason for the cancellation of the January summit was called "uncertainty associated with the outbreak" of infections with the omicron strain, which causes COVID-19.
"The conditions of the pandemic make it extremely difficult to hold a global face—to-face meeting," the WEF said in a statement. The organizers of the forum explained that its preparation was carried out in close cooperation with the Swiss authorities, as well as with independent experts, and in the end it was decided that the high contagion of omicron and the possibility of imposing travel restrictions make the delay absolutely necessary.
"The health and safety of all those who take part in the meetings — forum guests, employees and service personnel - have always been a priority of the WEF," the message reads.
It was decided to replace the previously scheduled face-to-face meetings with online State of the World sessions, where world leaders will be able to discuss "the most pressing problems".
"The postponement of the annual meeting will not prevent the gathering of business, government and civil society leaders in a digital format," Klaus Schwab, Executive Chairman of the WEF, assured.
The World Economic Forum in Davos was founded in 1971. Thousands of big businessmen and officials from different countries of the world take part in it. In 2020, 3,000 officials from 117 countries, including 53 heads of state and government, gathered for the January WEF.
In 2021, the WEF was first moved to Singapore, where it was supposed to take place in mid-May, then postponed to August, and then completely canceled. The January "Davos week" was held online.
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