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 Tuesday, 28 January, 2003, 17:39 GMT
Day Four: A husky end of Davos
Stocking: Davos is "overwhelming"
Barbara Stocking, director of Oxfam, writes for BBC News Online a diary of her time at the World Economic Forum.
This is my last diary for Davos, and fortunately I'm writing not broadcasting it.

I feel exhausted and I have Davos voice - a husky tone resulting from talking from morning to night.

Nevertheless, the final outcome makes it feel worthwhile.

The six report writers, including myself, made many points that are important for poverty and development.

The corporate sector needs to be clear about its values, and clear about its responsibilities.

Particularly the first one to do no harm: that is so relevant to their actions in developing countries.

Points well made

My call for business leaders to take up the trade issues working to get rid of agricultural subsidies which support overproduction and dumping of products in developing countries and opening Northern markets to poor people, was very well received.

That issue was mentioned as one of the three key priorities for business leaders in the final session.

And it feels as if we have had real impact with lots of people and initiatives to follow up.

I'm going to enjoy the bus ride in the snow back to Zurich.



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