Taoiseach to meet world leaders and CEOs in Davos

January 19, 2024

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is in Davos for the World Economic Forum, which has so far been dominated by the conflicts in the Middle East and Ukraine.

Mr Varadkar is expected to meet a number of world leaders and hold bilateral talks with the chief executive officers of several global corporations.

He arrived in Davos last night and went straight to a dinner hosted by IDA Ireland, which included the CEOs of leading multinationals including Stripe, Hewlett Packard, AstraZeneca, and Open AI.

Speaking to reporters on his arrival, the Taoiseach said Belgium had a similar position on the Middle East in wanting an immediate ceasefire and a peace process that would lead to a two state solution.

Mr Varadkar will hold follow up meetings with around half a dozen CEOs later this morning.

This afternoon he will join a panel discussion on artificial intelligence alongside Kristalina Georgieva, the Managing Director of the IMF, Dmitro Kuleba, the Ukrainian foreign minister and Nick Clegg, the global affairs president of Meta, formerly Facebook.

British Chancellor Jeremy Hunt will tell political and business leaders at the World Economic Forum that the UK is “on the up and open for business”.

Mr Hunt’s trip to the exclusive Swiss ski resort to join the annual gathering of international movers and shakers will be the first time a UK chancellor has attended the forum in five years.

The Treasury said the Chancellor will use his visit to champion the UK’s ambition to be a science and technology superpower and pitch that the country is ripe for investment from the international business community.

Ahead of his trip today, Mr Hunt said: “I’ll be in Davos to tell the world that Britain, a nation of great innovation, is on the up and open for business.

“We boast some of the best and brightest businesses in sectors of the future like digital technology and life sciences.

“It is these areas of strength that are going to drive growth across the UK economy in years to come.”

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