January 31, 2014

By Derek On February 1, 2014 Under Uncategorized

Perpetual devotion to what a man calls his business, is only to be sustained by perpetual neglect of many other things.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

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Of Buccaneers and Buried Gold

My Davos invitation came late this year. They know I never go – I have better things to do than sit around with well-dressed posers and yak – but I do appreciate the courtesy. Perched at an elevation of 5,120 feet and the highest city in Europe, Davos was perhaps a more interesting destination when a temporary resident there in 1880, one Robert Louis Stevenson, penned Treasure Island. As it is today we have had to endure a week’s worth of “headline news” about the weighty topics being discussed by the good and great at the World Economic Forum. The modest aims of this year’s theme, “Reshaping the World” nicely encapsulate the pomposity of the event.

In 2013, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang attended the WEF in Davos but this year, possibly in line with the new official policy of thrift, he sent an email. Premier Li’s message focuses mainly on all that China achieved economically last year and he states clearly,

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