This year marked the 50th anniversary of the St. Gallen Symposium, an international meeting of current and future leaders from around the world. The three-day intergenerational dialogue drew 1,000 participants from the University of St. Gallen campus, an international center in Singapore, ten Swiss embassies around the world, and elsewhere online.
Other notable private-sector speakers include Christophe Franz, Chairman of Roche's Board of Directors; Ola Källenius, Chairman of Daimler's Board of Management; and Satya Nadella, Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft.
The attendees, which included political leaders such as Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and representatives from transnational organizations such as Doris Leuthard, Chairwoman of the Swiss Digital Initiative, gathered to discuss the theme of this year's symposium, "Trust Matters," which Huawei is passionate about.
Policymakers, regulators, and the private sector, according to Chen, will need to work together to achieve this.
“As more devices become connected, more resources become available online, and more sensitive infrastructures depend on real-time data transfers, governments across the world must ensure that everyone is covered by the highest security standards. It's just a common.
Participants in the event agreed that confidence is based on openness and accountability, and that now is the time to take clear, actionable measures to resolve the common challenges and threats that have arisen in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The public's confidence in political and economic institutions, emerging technologies, and the media has recently eroded, especially among younger generations, and the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated this.
“As members of the younger generation, we are linked to a larger number of people through social media, but this does not equate to a group of people we can trust,” said Simon Zulliger, one of the 35 students on the team.
Seeking ways to maintain and reinforce confidence, according to the team, is crucial for a long-term recovery.
Chen hoped that the next generation of leaders would foster faith and form a connected world.
“I implore them to continue cultivating positive relationships among cultures, individuals, and their surroundings. We need to establish a strong foundation of confidence in technology, which will be supported by a shared set of laws, developments, and development. Only then will we be able to commit to a technology that is both affordable and trustworthy,” she said.
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