- Associated Press - Monday, January 16, 2017

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) - The Latest on the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in the Swiss ski resort of Davos (all times local):

5:15 p.m.

For 51 weeks of the year, the Swiss village of Davos is much like other Alpine ski resorts - fairly low profile. But around the annual World Economic Forum, it turns into something more akin to a fortress.

Checkpoints, roadblocks, airspace restrictions and armed forces are put in place to provide security to the visiting business and political leaders.

Swiss authorities say the extra security cost for this year’s gathering, which officially begins Tuesday, is around 9 million Swiss francs ($9 million) as of late November. That’s split between various parties, including the central government and the WEF itself.

The cost of deploying troops at this event is said to be similar to that of a regular training for battalions. In previous years, it has cost an average of 28 million Swiss francs per meeting.

The Federal Council, Switzerland’s executive branch, considers the WEF “an exceptional event,” providing “a unique opportunity” to bolster relations with leading figures.


1:30 p.m.

The World Economic Forum, which organizes the annual gathering of the global political and business elites in the Swiss ski resort of Davos, says the focus on economic growth, which has guided policymaking for decades, is no longer fit for purpose.

In a report published Monday, the WEF proposed a shift in policymaking to “respond more effectively to the insecurity and inequality accompanying technological change and globalization.”

The WEF’s main recommendation is that governments make improving living standards one of their key goals.

It says most countries are “missing important opportunities to raise economic growth and reduce inequality at the same time,” adding that measurements such as life expectancy, productivity and poverty rates should be priorities.

Under a new ranking system that incorporates so-called “inclusive development,” the WEF rated Norway top, followed by Luxembourg and Switzerland.

The issue of inequalities both within countries and across the world is a key focus of this year’s WEF, which officially opens Tuesday.

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