Prime Minister Balkenende stuck to the line about the fundamentals being strong for the economy but he had to acknowledge that there would be some impact from the US slowdown.
The collaboration theme here never really hung together for me. You can see the logic in people working together to solve the world’s problems, which is what WEF wants to do. But in the context of the market turmoil it seems like most people (well, banks anyway) just want to batten down the hatches and get through it.
WEF tried their best to introduce us to their Welcom tool – it’s a kind of Facebook or My Space for CEOs – but it’s not quite ready yet. The idea is that the delegates can keep collaborating well after the snow has melted and Davos has turned back into a sleepy Alpine town. Apparently, in theory, I could log on to the system and get in touch with Tony Blair or Bill Gates. Unfortunately, I didn’t have quite the right login!