Good-bye from Davos

  • Tim Weber
  • 28 Jan 07, 06:16 PM

It’s been a pretty intense week for Richard and me, with early starts, hard work and little sleep. I think I’ve averaged four-and-a-half hours a night.

But as every year Davos has provided an almighty buzz, even though the event failed to deliver some of the expected surprises.

You see, here it’s all relative. What might seem flat to the old hands is still one of the most exciting events around.

I’ve written this before, but the amazing thing about Davos is that everybody you meet has a great story to tell.

Today, for example, when I was on the mountain railway to go the Schatzalp hotel for the traditional farewell lunch, I began to chat with an Indian gentleman who turned out to be in charge of Mukand, a huge Indian manufacturing and financial services group.

He told me about the huge turnaround of Indian manufacturing during the past six or seven years. “Back then we would not have been able to compete with international rivals,” he told me, “but today Indian manufacturers can compete with the best.”

This is a little told story, and when I’m back in London I will make sure that it will feature in our current excellent series on globalisation. Just have a look at this great article on India's IT services industry written by our globalisation reporter, Steve Schifferes.

So that’s it from Davos.

It was the first time we’ve run a proper blog from here, in the hope to give you a bit more of a rounded picture – not just the news and features, but also the observations and notes that (hopefully) help you to understand what’s happening at the World Economic Forum.

Let us know whether you liked it, and what you would have preferred to see more of.


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  • 1.
  • At 09:00 PM on 28 Jan 2007,
  • Mark wrote:

Thank you so much. EUR 18000 would be to much for me to get my own ticket, so I have really enjoyed your reports of what has been happening.
In my opinion, not as some complained a waste of BBC resources, but the real reason the BBC should report. You do it well, very well.
Once more thanks for sharing Davos with us all.

  • 2.
  • At 09:36 PM on 28 Jan 2007,
  • Ray B wrote:

'It’s been a pretty intense week for Richard and me, with early starts, hard work and little sleep. I think I’ve averaged four-and-a-half hours a night.'

I have very much enjoyed reading your informative blog, and it would be churlish in the extreme to point out that Margaret Thatcher made do with four hours' sleep a night. Running a country for thirteen years or so must have been almost as taxing as your pretty intense week at Davos!

Why is yearly Davos meeting always discussed in such reverential terms? It's just another smoke-filled room where powerful are meeting to cut deals behind the backs of ordinary people.

I'm particularly distressed by academics who attend the event. Especially the academics who brag about how important they are since they get to go to Davos every year. Academics must be independent and they must be critical.

I blog a bit
more about it here

  • 4.
  • At 02:29 AM on 29 Jan 2007,
  • Titus Ngeno wrote:

“Agriculture is, for Africa, not just a source of food. It is the continent’s major occupation, its economy and culture — and the key to its future.”

  • 5.
  • At 03:37 AM on 29 Jan 2007,
  • Vinay wrote:

Thank you for doing an outstanding job in blogging the events at Davos. Let's hope the next Davos meeting has more substance than this one. All I hope is these leaders stop making deals and attack the problems of weaker economies. Now, all we need is a spin-off of Davos into little 'Davos' in all the countries. Think about the positive changes these leaders can bring to their economies. Could 'Davos' be 'IT' for the weaker economies?

  • 6.
  • At 12:25 PM on 29 Jan 2007,
  • Nick Daly wrote:

I liked the Davos blog. Actually, I thought it was much more informative and insightful than a lot of the news stories. Good job!

  • 7.
  • At 12:29 PM on 30 Jan 2007,
  • philip jennings wrote:

hi tim.Well it did not look as if issues like inequality,jobs,offshoring and the power of private equity were going to get much of a showing at davos this year.Infact in many of the sessions these issues would just not go away.I hope in your series on globalisation you have a close look at the work of a global union such as UNI and how we are addressing the above.Best wishes and see you next year.

  • 8.
  • At 12:30 PM on 30 Jan 2007,
  • Tom Harry wrote:

Why didn't you tell us anything about your (Brazilian?) reporter being nabbed for giving security at Davos the finger? I'm sure it would have made an "arresting" read....

  • 9.
  • At 11:55 AM on 03 Feb 2007,
  • Bazlur Rahman wrote:

Fine it is when I am reading many important contributions on World Economic Forum and learning thousands of significant issues now.

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