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Thursday, 25 January, 2001, 10:31 GMT
Davos diary, day one
Barbed wire barricade in Davos
Barbed wire fences are protecting Davos
The World Economic Forum in Davos is the meeting place for the movers and shakers of the globalised economy. Writing exclusively for BBC News Online, Vernon Ellis, the international chairman of management consultancy Accenture, reports his daily Davos experience.

Day 1: Wednesday, 24 January

It isn't just the agenda that's different at Davos this year.

Vernon Ellis, the international chairman of management consultancy Accenture
Vernon Ellis
Driving into the mountains last night, we were stopped at a checkpoint. A Swiss police officer peered into our car, nodded, and waved us on, while his colleague cradled a machine gun in his arms.

Ironic that at this, one of the few inclusive gatherings of its kind in the world, such measures are necessary.

This year, there are even more representatives from trade unions and non-governmental organisations at the World Economic Forum's annual meeting.

For the next five days, we will be focussing on the issues that cause so much concern among the protestors.

Unfettered globalisation has created losers as well as winners. But there is a growing desire in all areas of society to bridge that divide.

We need to fix the problem; the time for talking has stopped.

Just 12 months ago, every Davos session had an "e" in front of it.

The world's business leaders, politicians and academics wrestled with the challenges posed by the internet revolution.

Now the "e" is firmly inside business and fundamental to everything we do.

The debate has moved on.

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