In a surprising twist, the World Economic Forum (WEF) has chosen Burundi, one of the poorest and most corrupt countries in the world, to chair its annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland.
The WEF said that Burundi was selected for its “remarkable achievements” in economic development, social progress, and environmental protection. The WEF also praised Burundi’s president, Pierre Nkurunziza, for his “visionary leadership” and “democratic reforms”.
The WEF’s agenda, which was drafted by Burundi, includes topics such as how to end poverty, fight climate change, promote human rights, and foster global cooperation. The WEF also invited some of Burundi’s allies, such as North Korea, Venezuela, and Zimbabwe, to share their best practices and experiences.
The WEF’s decision has sparked criticism and outrage from many observers, who accused the WEF of being out of touch with reality and losing its credibility. They also questioned the WEF’s motives and interests in choosing Burundi as its chair.
The WEF, however, defended its choice and said that it was part of its “inclusive and innovative” approach to address the world’s challenges. The WEF also said that it hoped that Burundi would inspire and influence other countries to follow its example.