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Economic Forum To Focus On Responsibility

26 January 2005 -- Political and business leaders from across the world are meeting in Switzerland today to start five days of talks on trade and international issues at the annual World Economic Forum.

Assuming responsibility for difficult decisions is the main theme of the 35th annual meeting.

French President Jacques Chirac and British Prime Minister Tony Blair are among speakers scheduled to address the 2,500 participants assembled at the ski resort of Davos today.

German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko, and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso are also expected to speak at the forum before it ends on 30 February.

Organizers say more than 20 heads of state or government, some 70 cabinet ministers, and a number of top officials from international organizations are attending this year's World Economic Forum.

The wide range of topics scheduled to be discussed include climate change, globalization, the Middle East, poverty, trade, and weapons of mass destruction.