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The BBC's Robert Peston writes:
Adair Turner, the chairman of the Financial Services Authority, says that banks should be forced to rein in lending when there are signs that a market is overheating. In an interview with me at the World Economic Forum in Davos, he threw his weight behind the creation of a new official body, which would have a mandate to assess whether financial bubbles are being created and would have powers to deter lending in those circumstances.
The BBC's Tanya Beckett writes:
There seems to be a divide at Davos between the bankers and some business people who think the crisis is over and we should return to normal and others, including union leaders, who want radical change.
Lord Adair Turner, the chairman of Britain's financial watchdog, the Financial Services Authority, says banks who complain that Barack Obama's reforms will lead to a new credit crunch are "scare tactic lobbying". He adds: "We have to use the fact that there was this terrible crisis to look at how we get this right."
President Nicolas Sarkozy of France is expected to plead the case for tough reforms of the banking sector in his keynote opening speech expected in just over an hour's time. All eyes will be on how this goes down with banking executives.
A new PriceWaterHouseCoopers poll,
released in Davos, suggests at least six in 10 CEOs are worried by the threat of over-regulation.
Back at the Haiti session, and the head of telecoms firm Digicel, Denis O'Brien, says criticism of efforts on the ground are "uncalled for". "It's the last thing we need when people are working so hard," he says.
Humanitarian groups are urging Davos delegates to invest in earthquake-hit Haiti, where some 200,000 people have been killed and many more made homeless. The head of the UN Children's Fund, Ann Veneman, said: "We can't simply sit back and forget..."
The BBC's Tim Weber writes:
Interesting chat with George Colony, the chief executive of
technology consultants Forrester.
On Social Media (which are big here in Davos), he says they are still very immature, most companies still don't understand how to use them. Also, on tonight's launch of Apple's tablet computer: George thinks the device will be a big hit. But he has one proviso: It's the first time that Apple is trying to create a completely new device category... with all its other hits (Mac, iPod, iPhone etc) Apple revolutionized existing categories.
I welcome George Soros's comments about the reformation of banks. The elephant in the room is the urgent need to prevent another catastrophic collapse of the worlds financial system.
What do you think Davos will achieve this year?
Latest news - via his Twitter account - on the movements of Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates. He's apparently on his way to Davos. Phew. Earlier he weighed in to the
telling ABC's Good Morning America keeping the internet thriving in China is "very important".
Read Bill Gates' tweets.
The BBC's Tanya Beckett reveals how those in the know find their way round the WEF.
Whatever #apple shows today, it will do more to change the world than whatever the WEF loonies are now cooking in Davos. Think about it!
Read Balivernes' tweets.
The BBC's Evan Davis:
Ken Rogoff rapidly becoming my favourite economist. Says big govt debts can very suddenly catch up on you. Hear him tomorrow on @r4today.
Read Evan Davis' tweets.
Josette Sheeran, the executive director of the United Nations World Food Programme tells the BBC Haiti is the most complex emergency they've ever dealt with. Not the biggest, but because of the broken roads and bridges, single airstrip and sheer numbers needing help, it's the most complicated. She'll be part of a Davos session on Haiti, starting in about an hour.
There are some 2,500 top bosses and politicians at Davos
Forget the global financial crisis, what about the important question: What was on the menu for the media lunch with George Soros? The answer, from the BBC's Tim Weber, "Smoked salmon and gorgonzola cream, followed by lamb in a bread crust with potatoes and beans, followed by blueberry creme brulee with ice cream." Hmmm... No wonder there was a lull, in proceedings. For the REALLY important stuff though, read Tim's latest piece:
Soros calls for big bank break-up.
There is a tough fight going on throughout Davos: find a seat and power for your laptop, just succeeded.
Read Loic's tweets
After a bit of a lunchtime lull, things look set to get moving at Davos in the next few minutes. Investment guru George Soros, Yale economics professor Robert Shiller and Harvard history professor Niall Ferguson are going head-to-head on "rebuilding economics".
Watch the WEF live feed here.
Here's a chance to see in full that BBC interview with Pascal Lamy, director-general of the World Trade Organisation (see 1217
). Still plenty of risk out there, he says.
The BBC's Evan Davis tweets:
"Spoke to Stephen Green of HSBC at Davos. Says bankers pay was full of bad distortions. Now improving."
Read Evan's tweets
No major celebrity sightings yet. And according to the BBC's Diplomatic correspondent Bridget Kendall, there are fewer world leaders and more business leaders this year, which is different from last two years.
Zimbabwe's deputy prime minister says he is in Davos to try to influence the debate on how the global economy should be restructured. He told BBC World that western leaders could "speak less and listen more".
The BBC's Nik Gowing in Davos:
Chairing brainstorm of 260 political/business leaders to try to define what system failings are not addressed by countries or international institutions currently.
Read Nik Gowing's tweets
The BBC's Tim Weber in Davos:
George Soros says Wall Street bankers opposing Obama's reforms are tone-deaf and wrong.
Read Tim Weber's tweets
BBC business editor Robert Peston writes:
A year ago the World Economic Forum was a drama lacking a central character. The bankers, business leaders and politicians who gather in the Swiss Alps every January to schmooze and deal were interested only in what the new young American president would deliver, but neither he nor any of his inner circle turned up to enlighten them. Today, Davos man... is wiser and sadder about Mr Obama.
Read Robert's blog in full
The BBC's Tim Weber at Davos tweets:
George Soros says the old financial system must not be rebuilt. We need a new one with much smaller banks.
Read Tim Weber's Tweets
Pascal Lamy, director general of the World Trade Organisation, tells the BBC he's happy, because "there has not been a significant rise in protectionism" in response to the economic crisis. But "things may not be improving in the short term on the jobs market", so the risk is still there, he cautions.
Should there be more regulation? Speaking as an ex-BoE regulator: No, there should be better regulation.
Read TiggerTherese's Tweets
Here's that BBC interview with the Icelandic president (see 1105
) - who addresses the thorny issue of taxpayers paying back that Icesave cash.
South Africa's delegation pushes the 2010 World Cup - and the boundaries of the Davos dress code
Amre Moussa, Secretary General of the Arab League, is in Davos - you can tell by the scarf - but is quite concerned about today's meeting on Yemen, in London.
Take off the profit maximizing glasses put on the social maximizing glasses. Quote from speaker at Davos.
Read ckdozi's tweets
Word from the president of one of the countries hardest hit by the financial crisis - Iceland. Olafur Ragnar Grimsson tells the BBC's Tanya Beckett that there are many lessons to be learned from the experience, and that since the collapse, Iceland's "neglected" industries - such as fishing, IT, tourism and energy - have flourished.
The BBC's Tim Weber at Davos tweets:
Just filed my fairly gloomy piece on the global economy (sorry, folks), now I'm off to have lunch with George Soros.
Read Tim Weber's Tweets
Pancha Chandra, Brussels, Belgium says:
There is still so much to grapple with: fears, uncertainty over financial regulation. Central banks and governments still feel it is too early to call an end to the crisis.
What do you think Davos will achieve this year?
A warning note from Zhu Min, deputy governor of the People's Bank of China: "The real risk for the global economy is weak and volatile growth. Even by the end of 2010, US GDP will be at the same levels as it was in 2007. Three years gone for free, economically."
A heads-up on a couple of key sessions coming up later. Investment guru George Soros will be drawing the crowds at the Rebuilding Economics session at 1415. He'll be fresh from having lunch with the BBC's Tim Weber.
All the news on that on Tim's Twitter feed, tim_weber.
Later, at 1530, a big discussion on how to help Haiti, led by senior charity figures just back from the earthquake disaster zone.
Of course it's not just brainstorming and networking at Davos...
We've already had the three D's, now the University of Chicago's Raghuram Rajan tells delegates the new world order is represented in 10s. That's 10% unemployment in the US, and 10% growth in China. Anyone got another pithy, number-related upsum of the world economic situation?
The BBC's Tim Weber at Davos tweets
: Nouriel Roubini sits next to me checking his Facebook page ... could ask him if I get stuck with my piece on global economy.
Read tim_weber's tweets.
Not what you want to hear, but economist Nouriel Roubini, famed for predicting the current financial meltdown, has just told a session that new bubbles are being created that are laying the foundations for another crisis. Too much "business as usual" he says.
The BBC's Evan Davis writes
: "It is of course easy to be cynical about this event. It can be seen as a junket. And this year in particular, it can be seen as a forum where the people who got the world into trouble have the temerity to think they can plot a way of it. Of course it is both these things. But it's still very interesting."
Read Evan Davis's blog.
Bob Diamond, president of Barclays, sets out his stall as an internationalist at an early Davos session: "We need a strong financial centre in New York and a strong financial centre in London. But elections are by definition national. This is a time when isolated actions in the UK and US are not constructive."
This year the theme is "Rethink, Redesign, Rebuild". Top of the agenda will be how to reform banking and finance to prevent future crises. President Nicolas Sarkozy of France will plead the case for tough reforms in his keynote opening speech this evening.
Good morning and welcome to our live coverage of the first day of the 2010 World Economic Forum at the Swiss mountain resort of Davos. We will be bringing you news, insights from BBC correspondents, some of your e-mails and Twitter, and the best of the blogs. As ever, we would love to hear what you make of the summit's developments.