Davos 2020 Will Have Impressive List of Speakers, Ripple CEO May Also Join

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by Teuta Franjkovic · 3 min read
Davos 2020 Will Have Impressive List of Speakers, Ripple CEO May Also Join
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Business leaders and politicians from around the world are gearing up to attend another session of the World Economic Forum (WEF), in Davos. Ripple CEO may be one of the guests.

Tomorrow, the business leaders and politicians from the globe are meeting at another session of the World Economic Forum (WEF), in Davos, Switzerland.

This is the 50th anniversary of the event with a theme: “Stakeholders for a Cohesive and Sustainable World.” The annual economic gathering will run from January 21 until January 24.

United Kindom Prime Minister Boris Johnson will not attend the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Downing Street said on Monday. Johnson asserted that his government should focus on delivering for the people of the UK instead of meeting global leaders in Davos.

On the other hand, United States President Donald Trump told reporters in Washington last week that he will “probably” go to the World Economic Forum in Davos. He added that he has been invited and plans to meet world and business leaders at the forum.

French Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire said on Monday that he hopes that the conflict with the United States over France’s digital tax will be resolved before the end of the week.

“We are ready to make steps toward the United States, and we have already proposed a certain number of measures. We hope to reach a resolution by Wednesday,” Le Maire told LCI television and added the two sides will hold further talks on the issue during the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos.

Be it as it may, there were some unconfirmed talks about Ripple’s CEO Brad Garlinghouse having a meeting with Donald Trump and the European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde. Since Lagarde already said the ECB wants to play an active role in cryptocurrencies claiming the ECB should be “ahead of the curve” when it comes to CBDCs, we can only hope for her to open the “crypto doors”.

However, there are little chances that Lagarde will support the adoption of XRP. This year she is definitely more interested in the promotion of the digital euro concept that in cryptos themselves.

Among other Davos guests, there will be Sanna Marin from Finland, the world’s youngest serving prime minister. Sanna heads a four-party coalition government, whose leaders are all women too.

At the time of her appointment, in December, she said she never thought about her age or gender. “I think of the reasons I got into politics, and those things for which we have won the trust of the electorate,” she said. There will be also Ursula von der Leyen.

As well as already mentioned Christine Lagarde. The 17-year old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg will also attend as well as Ren Zhengfei, Huawei Technologies founder. Presenting the IMF’s latest economic assessment will be Kristalina Georgieva, managing director of the IMF and there will be also an internationally-acclaimed actress and mental health ambassador Deepika Padukone, Bollywood star. Padukone will get one of the WEF’s Crystal Awards.

We, of course, cannot forget Steven Mnuchin, U.S. Treasury Secretary as well as George Soros, chairman of Soros Fund Management.

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