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WEF in Singapore

Singapore scores as COVID moves Davos forum from Alps to tropics

First WEF in Asia raises hopes for reboot of crucial convention business

Singapore's hot and humid climate will provide a decidedly different backdrop for the 2021 World Economic Forum.   © Reuters

SINGAPORE -- The 2021 World Economic Forum will be a snow-free affair, with the event making a temporary move from the Swiss ski town of Davos to sunny Singapore.

The city-state is no stranger to hosting conferences but faces its biggest test yet, as global business and political luminaries are expected to gather in person from May 13 to 16 despite continued uncertainty over COVID-19. Forum organizers said on Monday that they had decided Singapore is "best placed" to play host, given its low daily infection count while Switzerland's is in the thousands.

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