WEF takeaways: Should world have been more proactive with Russia's 1st threats?
Bruce Whitfield caught up with a number of business figures on Day Two of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland.
Jason Quinn, Group Financial Director at Absa, told The Money Show host he's had his mind filled with new global perspectives so far.
The address by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky gave him food for thought, Quinn says.
He'd expected someone looking for help, but there was more than that.
What Zelensky actually started off with was a plea to ensure that the world was more pro-active to ensure such a situation doesn't happen again.Jason Quinn, Group Financial Director - Absa
Of course he does need help and that came across in the presentation... but it was a totally different approach to the problem that he's facing.Jason Quinn, Group Financial Director - Absa
The world has to think about things like that, in other words how did we get ourselves into this position? Should the world have been proactive earlier with respect to some of the threats that were there?Jason Quinn, Group Financial Director - Absa
What else has impressed Quinn or blown him away at WEF 2022?
"I just walked into a room and sat down and realised I was sitting next to Al Gore!" exclaims Quinn.
The engagement has been really impressive for me - people really have common cause for the world's issues here... There's of course also real business going on behind the scenes.Jason Quinn, Group Financial Director - Absa
This morning we had a whole group of business leaders across the continent talking to governments around free trade, and what more could be done across our continent with respect to enhancing it.Jason Quinn, Group Financial Director - Absa
Listen to Quinn's takeaways from the WEF so far below (skip to 7:01):
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Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are not the views of Absa.