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German Chancellor Olaf Scholz Only G7 Leader Scheduled To Attend Davos 2023

With the World Economic Forum meeting returning to its traditional winter slot, only one leader from a G7 country – German chancellor Olaf Scholz – is attending the event. He will also speak on the main stage. 

Canada, France, Italy, Japan, the UK and the US are not attending the summit this year. It could be due to the political risk of being seen consorting with the perceived global elite. 

Top leaders in attendance include Scholz, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, European Parliament President Roberta Metsola, South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol, South Africa President Cyril M Ramaphosa, Colombian President Gustavo Petro, Spain Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, Swiss President Alain Berset, and Finland Prime Minister Sanna Marin.

The annual meeting is attended by global elites, billionaires, world leaders, executives and academics. However, due to the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, it wasn’t held in 2020 or 2021. 

Held this week, the event is expected to draw solid turnout from politicians and executives. 

Along with glitzy parties, the Forum also provides an opportunity for world leaders to discuss pressing issues facing them today.

Among the attendees this year are former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, WHO Director General Tedros Ghebreyesus, and 52 heads of state including 52 heads of government.

Scholz’s attendance is the second time that Germany has sent a chancellor to represent them at the annual summit, which this year marks its usual January timeslot. 

Chancellor Olaf will be joined by Russian President Vladimir Putin, who will also be taking part in his second forum meeting. 

The German chancellor’s appearance on the main stage of Davos next week will be a stark contrast to last year’s event, when he was absent due to his taking office earlier that month. 

This year he will address attendees for the first time since becoming Germany’s Federal Minister of Finance in 2017 and as German Chancellor since 2018. 

This comes amid criticism from some quarters about Germany’s lack of commitment to international economic forums over recent years.

The WEF hosts thousands of business leaders, celebrities, social activists, academics and civil society leaders every year to discuss key global issues. 

Mr Scholz will reportedly use this opportunity to build bridges with other world leaders on global economic development issues and engage in meaningful dialogue with business people, activists and economists. 

The WEF hosts over 3,000 attendees at its annual meeting including world government leaders, celebrities, activists and economists as well as business people and civil society groups.

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