Four ministers, including Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan, EU Minister and Chief Negotiator Volkan Bozkır, Finance Minister Mehmet Şimşek and Energy and Natural Sources Minister Taner Yıldız, are expected to accompany Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu to the World Economic Forum (WEF) that will be held in Davos, Switzerland on from Jan. 21-24.
This is the first time that Turkey will be represented at the ministerial level at the summit, six years after the incident that is mostly known as "Erdoğan's one minute" when the then prime minister and current president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, stormed out of a panel on the Gaza war by slamming former Israeli President Shimon Peres and the invasion of the Gaza Strip.
According to the Prime Ministry, Davutoğlu will attend the WEF summit as the current G20 president, and give the keynote address at a special session on Jan. 24. The summit aims to address four key issues, including growth and stability, society and security, innovation and industry and crisis and cooperation in the world.
Following a press conference, WEF Administration Committee Member Helena Laurent said, "There will be huge participation from Turkey at Davos for the WEF this year. We are in close contact with Turkish officials, and it is important to see participation at the ministerial level from Turkey." It is expected that Turkey will attend the summit with a committee of 30 officials, including ministers and businessmen.