World Economic Forum 2012

Jan 23, 2012, 11:43 AM IST
World Economic Forum (WEF) founder and executive chairman Klaus Schwab (R) speaks with Managing Director Borge Brende on January 18, 2012 during a news conference focused World Economic Forum WEF annual meeting at the Forum's headquarters in Cologny, near Geneva.
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World Economic Forum (WEF) founder and executive chairman Klaus Schwab (R) speaks with Managing Director Borge Brende on January 18, 2012 during a news conference focused World Economic Forum WEF annual meeting at the Forum's headquarters in Cologny, near Geneva.

World Economic Forum (WEF) Senior Director Lee Howell looks during a news conference focused WEF annual meeting at the Forum's headquarters in Cologny, near Geneva.
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World Economic Forum (WEF) Senior Director Lee Howell looks during a news conference focused WEF annual meeting at the Forum's headquarters in Cologny, near Geneva.

World Economic Forum (WEF) founder and executive chairman Klaus Schwab gestures during a news conference focused World Economic Forum WEF annual meeting at the Forum's headquarters in Cologny, near Geneva.
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World Economic Forum (WEF) founder and executive chairman Klaus Schwab gestures during a news conference focused World Economic Forum WEF annual meeting at the Forum's headquarters in Cologny, near Geneva.

World Economic Forum (WEF) founder and executive chairman Klaus Schwab gestures during a news conference focused World Economic Forum WEF annual meeting at the Forum's headquarters in Cologny, near Geneva.
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World Economic Forum (WEF) founder and executive chairman Klaus Schwab gestures during a news conference focused World Economic Forum WEF annual meeting at the Forum's headquarters in Cologny, near Geneva.

A banner with the logo of the World Economic Forum (WEF) and the national flags of several countries fly on the roof of the congress center in the Swiss mountain resort of Davos.
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A banner with the logo of the World Economic Forum (WEF) and the national flags of several countries fly on the roof of the congress center in the Swiss mountain resort of Davos.

A view of Davos with the hotel Belvedere in the foreground, is seen near the Congress Center the day before the opening of the 42nd Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum, WEF, in Davos, Switzerland.
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A view of Davos with the hotel Belvedere in the foreground, is seen near the Congress Center the day before the opening of the 42nd Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum, WEF, in Davos, Switzerland.

Swiss police officers pass by the Congress Center the day before the opening of the 42nd Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum, WEF, in Davos, Switzerland.
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Swiss police officers pass by the Congress Center the day before the opening of the 42nd Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum, WEF, in Davos, Switzerland.

Swiss police officers pass by the Congress Center the day before the opening of the 42nd Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum, WEF, in Davos, Switzerland.
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Swiss police officers pass by the Congress Center the day before the opening of the 42nd Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum, WEF, in Davos, Switzerland.

A Swiss police officer stands guard on a roof top of a hotel, the day before the opening of the 42nd Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum, WEF, in Davos, Switzerland.
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A Swiss police officer stands guard on a roof top of a hotel, the day before the opening of the 42nd Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum, WEF, in Davos, Switzerland.

A Swiss police officer stands guard on a roof top of a hotel, the day before the opening of the 42nd Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum, WEF, in Davos, Switzerland.
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A Swiss police officer stands guard on a roof top of a hotel, the day before the opening of the 42nd Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum, WEF, in Davos, Switzerland.

Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada, speaks during a plenary session at the 42nd Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum, WEF, in Davos, Switzerland.
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Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada, speaks during a plenary session at the 42nd Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum, WEF, in Davos, Switzerland.

Salam Fayyad, Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority, left, speaks next to Shimon Peres, President of Israel, right, during a plenary session at the 42nd Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum.
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Salam Fayyad, Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority, left, speaks next to Shimon Peres, President of Israel, right, during a plenary session at the 42nd Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum.

From left: Alpha Conde, president of Guinea, Jakaya M. Kikwete, president of Tanzania, Raila Amolo Odinga, prime minister of Kenya, Meles Zenawi, prime minister of Ethiopia, Jacob G. Zuma, president of South Africa and Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown attend a plenary session of WEF.
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From left: Alpha Conde, president of Guinea, Jakaya M. Kikwete, president of Tanzania, Raila Amolo Odinga, prime minister of Kenya, Meles Zenawi, prime minister of Ethiopia, Jacob G. Zuma, president of South Africa and Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown attend a plenary session of WEF.

William H. Gates III, Co-Chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, left, listens to Felipe Calderon, President of Mexico, right, during a plenary session at the 42nd Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum.
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William H. Gates III, Co-Chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, left, listens to Felipe Calderon, President of Mexico, right, during a plenary session at the 42nd Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum.

Bill Gates, co-chairman of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, right, and Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, coordinating minister for economy and minister of finance of Nigeria, left, attend a plenary session at the 42nd annual meeting of the World Economic Forum.
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Bill Gates, co-chairman of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, right, and Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, coordinating minister for economy and minister of finance of Nigeria, left, attend a plenary session at the 42nd annual meeting of the World Economic Forum.

Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar adjusts her scarf as she attends the Associated Press debate on 'Democracy' at the World Economic Forum, WEF, in Davos.
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Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar adjusts her scarf as she attends the Associated Press debate on 'Democracy' at the World Economic Forum, WEF, in Davos.

Former British Olympic champion Sebastian Coe, left, Mayor of London Boris Johnson, center, and British Prime Minister David Cameron, right, speak during a session at the World Economic Forum in Davos.
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Former British Olympic champion Sebastian Coe, left, Mayor of London Boris Johnson, center, and British Prime Minister David Cameron, right, speak during a session at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

Angela Merkel, Federal Chancellor of Germany, speaks during the opening plenary session on the first day of the 42nd Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum.
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Angela Merkel, Federal Chancellor of Germany, speaks during the opening plenary session on the first day of the 42nd Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum.

Klaus Schwab, founder of the World Economic Forum, left, and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, right, are surrounded by young global leaders during a session at the World Economic Forum in Davos.
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Klaus Schwab, founder of the World Economic Forum, left, and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, right, are surrounded by young global leaders during a session at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

Ilham Aliyev, left, President of Azerbaijan, and Viktor Yanukovych, right, President of Ukraine, attend a panel session at the 42nd Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum, WEF, in Davos.
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Ilham Aliyev, left, President of Azerbaijan, and Viktor Yanukovych, right, President of Ukraine, attend a panel session at the 42nd Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum, WEF, in Davos.

Patrick G. de Maeseneire, left, CEO of the human resources company Adecco Group and German Labor Minister Ursula von der Leyen, right, attend a panel session of the 42nd annual meeting of the World Economic Forum, WEF, in Davos.
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Patrick G. de Maeseneire, left, CEO of the human resources company Adecco Group and German Labor Minister Ursula von der Leyen, right, attend a panel session of the 42nd annual meeting of the World Economic Forum, WEF, in Davos.

From left, Angel Gurria, secretary general of the OECD, Swedish Finance Minister Anders Borg, American economist Nouriel Roubini and Lael Brainard, US under secretary of the treasury for international affairs at the World Economic Forum.
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From left, Angel Gurria, secretary general of the OECD, Swedish Finance Minister Anders Borg, American economist Nouriel Roubini and Lael Brainard, US under secretary of the treasury for international affairs at the World Economic Forum.

Yingluck Shinawatra, Prime Minister of Thailand, attends a plenary session at the 42nd Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum, WEF, in Davos.
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Yingluck Shinawatra, Prime Minister of Thailand, attends a plenary session at the 42nd Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum, WEF, in Davos.

US Secretary of the Treasury Timothy F. Geithner speaks during a plenary session at the 42nd annual meeting of the World Economic Forum, WEF, in Davos.
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US Secretary of the Treasury Timothy F. Geithner speaks during a plenary session at the 42nd annual meeting of the World Economic Forum, WEF, in Davos.

Pascal Lamy (R) , Director-General, World Trade Organization (WTO), EU Trade Commission Karel De Gucht (C) and U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk attend a session at the World Economic Forum.
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Pascal Lamy (R) , Director-General, World Trade Organization (WTO), EU Trade Commission Karel De Gucht (C) and U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk attend a session at the World Economic Forum.