Once a year most of the worlds influential businessmen, politicians, investors and economists meet in Davos, Switzerland to discuss the current state of world economy. This yearly gathering is known as the World Economic Forum.
To give you an idea of how high-level Davos is, you should know that in addition to presidents and prime ministers, it is visited by all of the worlds major banking institutions – starting with the banks bailed out last year and finishing with the leaders of the central banks of USA, Europe and China.
Among this years attendees were more than 70 world leaders and over a hundred of the worlds most influential companies (the likes of ExxonMobil and Coca-Cola).
Main topic in the World Economic Forum
You don’t have to be a genius to figure out what they talked about this year – the economic crisis.
It was revealed by private equity giant Blackstone that the current economic downturn has destroyed over 40% of the world’s wealth during the last 5 quarters and that things are not getting better – they are only getting worse! The world will lose even more of its wealth!
Here are some of the things said during this years summit:
“Worrying about inflation now is like worrying about the measles when you might get the plague.”
Kenneth Rogoff – Harvard professor and former chief economist of the International Monetary Fund
“The outlook is pretty grim. Things are not good and business surveys are coming out showing they’re getting even worse.”
Sir Howard Davies – London School of Economics
“Confidence grows as slowly as a coconut tree, and falls as fast as a coconut.”
Indian economist, Montek Singh Ahluwalia
“The free enterprise system has not failed; the financial system has failed.”
Tony Blair -Former British Prime Minister
“We cannot underestimate the challenges and the dangers that we face in 2009. We are in a global recession the likes of which we have never seen. But there is no quick fix.“
Stephen S. Roach, Chairman of Morgan Stanley Asia
“The crisis is getting worse. It’s going to take drastic action to turn it around, if it can be turned around, quickly. I believe it will take a long time.”
Rupert Murdoch – Chairman of News Corp
And from a more positive side:
“In times of recession there are massive opportunities and fortunes to be made, so for new up and coming entrepreneurs, this is the time to go and start a business.”
Richard Branson – Founder of The Virgin Group
I agree that things are indeed bad and they will probably get worse before getting better but among all these quotes I especially love the last one from Richard Branson.
The positivity of this serial entrepreneur and billionaire is what keeps the world running – a true businessman always looks to the future and thinks how he can use the mistakes done in the past to build a better business for tomorrow! As long as there are people like Richard Branson – we will be just fine!
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