Shangri-La Dialogue still on, says Singapore as WEF cancels upcoming meeting

Even as the World Economic Forum announced it had cancelled its annual meeting set to be held in Singapore this August, the city-state said that the Shangri-La Dialogue in early June would still go ahead as planned.

The Shangri-La Dialogue is a strategic conference hosted by Singapore each year.
The Shangri-La Dialogue is a strategic conference hosted by Singapore each year. Photo: Connected to India

The COVID-19 pandemic meant it was not doable to carry such a big occasion as deliberate on August 17-20, the World Financial Discussion board mentioned.

“Regretfully, the tragic circumstances unfolding across geographies, an uncertain travel outlook, differing speeds of vaccination roll out and the uncertainty around new variants combine to make it impossible to realise a global meeting with business, government and civil society leaders from all over the world at the scale which was planned,” the WEF stated in a press release.

The WEF’s subsequent annual meeting will as an alternative happen in the primary half of 2022. Its location and date shall be decided based mostly on an evaluation of the scenario later this summer season, it added in a press release.

The occasion, which attracts VIPs from the worlds of politics and enterprise, has been held since 1971. It was shifted from the Swiss Alpine resort of Davos in December over issues about safeguarding the well-being of individuals. 

The Shangri-La Dialogue is a strategic conference hosted by Singapore each year.

“IISS remains on track to convene the 19th Shangri-La Dialogue in person in Singapore in early June,” the Shangri-La Dalogue organiser, the International Institute for Strategic Studies mentioned in a press release.

“The World Economic Forum’s decision does not affect our plans. We have a full line-up of ministers and other senior leaders from around the world planning to attend our event,” mentioned IISS.

In a press release, Singapore’s defence ministry mentioned it was “encouraged by the positive response to invitations” to the meeting.

“Nevertheless, as the COVID-19 situation is fluid and continues to evolve in the run-up to the meeting, the Singapore government will continue to monitor the local and global COVID-19 situation and make the necessary adjustments,” it added.

These developments come as Singapore strikes aggressively to stamp out the unfold of the virus within the metropolis. Authorities have banned in-person eating, advised individuals who can to work at home and restricted group sizes to 2, in measures that may run by way of June 13, previous the dates of the convention. The town-state additionally suspended most in-person studying at colleges.