CAIRO: Egypt’s President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi is heading to Davos, Switzerland Wednesday to participate in the World Economic Forum which is scheduled from Jan. 21-24, according to a presidential statement.
Sisi is accompanied by a delegation of ministers and senior officials, including the ministers of industry and trade, finance and foreign affairs, and the Governor of the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE).
The president is set to deliver a speech Thursday as the forum will hosting a special session on Egypt, presidential spokesperson Alaa Youssef said.
“This special session is among the top levels of participation in the economic forum,” said Youssef in the statement, noting that such a session is only granted to a limited number of state leaders and prime ministers.
Sisi is also scheduled to head a closed meeting with 52 international personalities on Friday, Jan. 23.The meeting will discuss global efforts aimed at overcoming violence and extremism, according to the presidential statement.
Current security risks and challenges driven by “terrorist organizations” in the Middle East and cooperation files among governments, NGOs and businesses to combat extremism will be addressed during this closed meeting, added the statement.
On the sidelines of the forum, Sisi will meet with heads of states and governments, including Jordan’s King Abdullah, Swiss President Simonetta Sommaruga and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. He will also meet with a number of chairmen of leading international firms.