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BBC World Debate Live From World Economic Forum

BBC World News’ The World Debate is coming live from the World Economic Forum in Davos this week. A high level panel including Federica Mogherini, the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs & Security and David Miliband, President & CEO of the International Rescue Committee, will debate the continuing crisis at Europe’s borders as it tries to control the influx of migrants and refugees.

The show, The World Debate: Davos: Europe at a Tipping Point? will be broadcast live on BBC World News at 1000 GMT on Friday 22nd. Presented by Lyse Doucet, Chief International Correspondent BBC World News, the debate which airs on BBC World News and BBC World Service will examine whether Europe’s passport-free open borders can survive in their current form.

Davos annually plays host to the world’s most powerful politicians and business leaders as they discuss solutions to the world’s problems. For this high-level debate Lyse will be joined by a panel of political leaders and opinion formers to debate whether European solidarity is being put to the test as the countries struggle to agree on common solutions.

 

The panel includes:

I. Emmanuel Macron Minister of Economy, Industry and Digital Affairs, France

II. David Miliband, President & CEO of the International Rescue Committee

III. Federica Mogherini, EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs & Security

IV. Witold Waszczykowski, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Poland

V. Chair: Lyse Doucet, Chief International Correspondent, BBC News

 

Broadcast details:  1000 GMT, Friday January 22nd on BBC World News. Also on BBC World Service on Saturday January 23rd at 2000 GMT.

The Me FiRi Ghana & WAM Campaign Story – Shared in Switzerland!

During the World Economic Forum Me FiRi Ghana’s Founder was selected to present the work of Me FiRi Ghana and the charity The WAM Campaign during the India Adda precession in Davos.

We never thought that this search for identity and the creation of this one jumper in University would allow us to educate educators about our idea and share YOUR stories to some of the most innovative thinkers from around the world; and to have one of the leading leadership and change management experts from America come to me and say after my talk “you sold it to me” was more than humbling!

Hear about the journey here:

Me FiRi Ghana Story told during the World Economic Forum in Davos!

Read below a diary entry from our Founder who explains in his own words how and why the Me FiRi Ghana and WAM story was shared during the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland

 

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A week after arriving back in London I had my ticket confirmed for a flight to Zurich, Switzerland during the world economic forum. To be honest with you, I heard about the world economic forum but I didn’t know about it! I think it was a conversation with my brother that made me research into it a bit more…

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How did this opportunity come about?

In July 2012 I entered a competition that caught my attention. It was a competition created my INDIAFRICA that was looking for young visionaries from Africa and India. I didn’t think much of it but thought the idea of travelling to India could be quite fun, so I put forward my vision as part of the application.

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After two rounds of applications, in November 2012 Amit the CEO if INDIAFRICA calls me as I’m driving and says I was selected as a Young Visionary representing Ghana and that he wanted me to present what I am involved in at the India Adda Hub during the world economic forum, where I would receive my award from India’s Minister of Commerce – Imagine!

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What is the world economic forum?

The world economic forum is the gathering of the world’s industry leaders, presidents, ambassadors, movers and shakers, doer’s and influences in the world.

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Indian Minister of Commerce presenting Award to Founder of Me FiRi Ghana

I cannot describe that 5-day experience in its totality. But I can say that I am so thankful for that opportunity as it opened my eyes to a new world. When writing this blog post I thought, how best can I describe this eye opening experience… well there are two incidents that happened that I want to share that may help you understand the environment I felt humbled to be in:

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Me FiRi Ghana Founder with Ghanaian Entrepreneur Bright Simmons, Musician Aaron and a leading national branding expert part of the Indiafrica Team!

 

1. EXPERIENCE 1:

Imagine going to the bathroom, doing what you need to do, exiting the bathroom (washing your hands of course!) and as you climb the spiral stair case back to a room you see a 6 ft very well dressed smart casual looking gentleman that made me say “Ozwald” and he turns around!

“O hi” he said, now what do I say? (act as if!)

“Hi my name is Arnold Sarfo-Kantanka, are you okay there”

“Nice to meet you, but yes, I am a bit lost I am looking for…. at ….”

“Well this is xxx but ….”

I was having a conversation with Ozwald Bateng, a man I admire for his attention to detail and excellence and for his new foundation’s initiative for which he explained to me in a bit more detail that day…

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2. EXPERIENCE 2:

the first morning in Davos, myself and Ken (my Kenyan friend living in South Africa) decided to go for a walk and check out Davos. He was dressed in a suit I was in my jeans, trainer’s scarf and Nike NSW jacket! To cut a long story short, we entered the India Adda hub, which was full of, ladies and gentlemen who all looked important dressed in suits and formal attire! Then this dark skinned slim looking gentle-man in his jeans enters (me) and I just feel soooo underdressed for this party! So I didn’t really mingle or make it more than 2 metres past the front door. I looked to my left and saw a gentleman sitting on the sofa sipping on some tea. Davos, is located in the mountains and is freezing cold so it was a great conversation started to ask what type of tea he was drinking. To cut a long story short, the gentleman just so happened to be the founder of SkyPe, be one of the first people to trek across the African continent in their jeep, and the chairman of a multi million pound group of companies in the oil and gas industry!

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In Davos, you could bump into anyone! But for me it was the experience of being able to share the entrepreneurial story so far – about how an idea I had in university formed Me FiRi Ghana, which birthed the idea for the charity the WAM Campaign – to some of the most innovative thinkers from around the world.

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