In 2016, over 2.500 visitors – politicians, the business elite, celebrities, the media etc. – visit Davos in the annual WEF-meeting in order to raise and discuss the most recent and most important questions in global economy. While Switzerland also has its own share of ideas and demands, this also means a huge responsibility regarding the safety of those visitors. In order to guarantee the safety of every single participant the number of security personnel including the Swiss Army and the Police is twice as high. Another challenge is the transportation: with only three major Airports plus the temporarily shared airfield in Davos, the people responsible have to work at full-speed in order to avoid any delays. There is little room to make mistakes in logistics (but then again, it’s Switzerland – which other country could possibly keep track of time and management?).
Coming back to the purpose of this meeting and Switzerland’s role in it: as the main topic will be the “Industry 4.0”, all participants are discussing a way to produce and manufacture goods in the most cost-effective way possible – and the idea behind this 4th industrial revolution is the development of ‘smart’ products, which automatically decide where and when to manufacture itself to keep the production cost as low as possible. While many nations are gathering question after question, soon the annual meeting will be over – which means that they will have one year to develop these ideas into something that is (potentially) more than just a concept. This is where Switzerland will become of high importance again, as it is ranks in the first place in the global competitiveness ranking. With its research facilities and reputation, it would not be a surprise if it would be one of the first countries to successfully improve their economy according to the ideas of the “Industry 4.0”. It’s a small country, but after all a very innovative one, too.