European markets closed mixed on Friday, while investors remained vigilant after a roller-coaster week in global equity markets.» Read More
CNBC's Bronmyn Nielsen recaps the Davos seminar on Africa and how the panel debated the future for the continent's current billion people and how to prepare for the next billion.
David Daokui Li, director of the Centre for China in the World Economy, explains that China needs a minimum growth rate of 7.5 percent to maintain its soft-landing.
Goodluck Jonathan, President of Nigeria, says that nations should work together to fight corruption.
Bill English, New Zealand's deputy prime minister and finance minister, says the country is doing well because of tax and public sector reforms.
Bob Dudley, CEO at BP, says the oil market has had "a remarkable three years" and explains that demand for oil will continue as long as prosperity around the world grows.
Klaus Regling, managing director of the European Stability Mechanism, says the strategy implemented by the European Union is "showing positive results."
Michael Russo, CEO of Ralph and Russo, explains that craftsmanship and quality is at the core of the house's couture as it becomes the first British fashion house to feature in the Paris Fashion Week since 1915.
Richard Solomons, CEO of InterContinental Hotels Group (IHS), discusses his strategy, after the company sold most of the buildings it owned.
Mark Weinberger, chairman and CEO at EY, says the key issues to be discussed at Davos will be how to increase productivity and get people back to work.
Olivier Blanchard, chief economist at the IMF, explains that better economic conditions in advanced economies are the main reason behind the IMF's global growth upgrade.
Aliko Dangote, president and CEO at Dangote Group and co-chair of the WEF Annual Meeting 2014, discusses Africa and explains that despite the risks, Africa remains attractive.
Nick James, director of equity research at Numis, discusses the trends in technology and explains why he expects CSR and Laird to benefit the most.
Jonathan Friedman, political risk analyst at Control Risks, says the European Union's concerns over Turkey are "real and long-standing", as Turkey's prime minister travels to Brussels.
Joseph Mathunjwa, president of South Africa's AMCU, says the miners' strike will hit platinum producers and possibly gold producers, as workers demand better wages.
European equities closed lower on Monday after data showed that growth in China continued to slow, while a surprise profit warning from Deutsche Bank worried investors on the continent.
Philippe Waechter, head of economic research at Natixis Asset Management, says that France does not lag Germany as much as PMI surveys imply, and discusses France's proposed labor reforms.
In preparation for Davos, Steve Sedgwick asks CNBC's resident Switzerland expert - Caroline Roth - about the proper etiquette when eating fondue, among other things!
Mark Littlewood, director general at the Institute of Economic Affairs, says that while the U.K. Labour Party leader is correct in highlighting the lack of competition in the retail banking sector, his solution would be "disastrous."
European equities closed higher on Friday, boosted by the FTSE 100 after better-than-expected retail sales data in the U.K., with miners the biggest contributors to the day's rally.
Peter Schiff, CEO at Euro Pacific Capital, explains that he is more worried about the U.S. than Europe, adding that he expects the Fed to increase its stimulus again.