Davos Notebook

Davos no-shows play a dangerous game

January 28, 2010

High profile no-shows are a feature of this year’s Davos meeting, and today’s session on global governance with a panel of political leaders showed the dangers of not being present.

Korean President Lee Myung-Bak, whose country is chairing the G20, exempted present company when he pointed the finger at hurdles on the path to wrapping up Doha trade talks this year.

“I am not going to name names, all countries expect and hope we can conclude by end of year, but we are going to have countries taking into account other countries’ needs and necessities,” he said. ”There are countries who are to blame for the slow progress in the Doha round negotiations,” he said.

But they were  “not in this room” — to the no doubt relief of the leaders of Canada, Spain, Vietnam and South Africa, sitting in the chairs next to Lee.

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