Some 2500 leaders in economic and government circles from 90-plus countries, including heads of state, will meet for the 44th annual World Economic Forum from 22-25 Jan 2014 at the mountain resort of Davos.
Governments often use the forum to complain. In 2014 the United States promises to be a target following leaks revealing US National Security Agency spying on friends as well as enemies. France and Brazil have been noisily irate. Washington could also come under fire for US congressional flirting in October with debt default, which could have precipitated a second global economic tailspin in as many years.
The official program and its theme -- The Reshaping of the World: Consequences for Society, Politics and Business -- are unlikely to generate as many headlines around the world as complaints directed at US President Barak Obama - if he attends the forum in an attempt to shore up confidence in the US economy.
Date written/update: 2013-11-20