(SWITZERLAND)

The World Economic Forum is extending its international network of centres dedicated to seizing the potential offered by emerging technologies.

It was announced at the World Economic Forum, currently taking place in Davos, that Japan, India and the United Arab Emirates will be the locations for new ‘affiliate centres’ of the WEF Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution in San Francisco.

“We want to ensure that a technologically enriched future is safe, ethical, inclusive and sustainable for all, not just a few. The Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution is an accelerator for impact and having a global network of centres will enable us to move faster than ever,” said Murat Sonmez, Head of the Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

The San Francisco hub, opened in March last year, examines tech innovations including blockchain, autonomous mobility, drones and the Internet of Things (IoT). Opening the affiliate centres will strengthen international collaboration in these areas and enable stakeholders to grasp the opportunities they offer, and also overcome the challenges they represent.

Follow the livestreams from the Annual Meeting, which runs until 26 January, to keep up to date with all the developments from Davos.