The world will get out of the COVID-19 pandemic only with an economy that fights inequality, French President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday while asserting that the economy of tomorrow has to be one that thinks about innovation and humanity.
Speaking at the online Davos Agenda Summit, Macron also said, “Let’s not forget that the target should always be to build the good life with all its advantages and with the will of respecting the other.”
In conversation with the WEF Founder and Executive Chairman Klaus Schwab, the French President said, “We will get out of this pandemic only with an economy that fights inequality.”
He said societies are transforming as a result of the current health crisis and emphasised the importance of saving lives during a pandemic.
More than 73,000 have died in France due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While over a million people have been vaccinated in France so far, the country is currently not in a national lockdown, unlike many of its European neighbours. It has instead imposed tighter border controls and a 12-hour-a-day curfew.
“The economy of tomorrow needs to think of innovation and humanity and has to build competitiveness alongside climate considerations,” Macron added.
Macron further said capitalism has resulted in stark inequalities and urged companies to play an active role in fighting inequalities within society and also take responsibility for mitigating the impact on climate change.
“A lot more needs to be done to live up to the commitments made to protect our planet,” he said.
Talking about the power of Artificial Intelligence technology and quantum computing, he said these developments will completely change industries and capacity to solve problems including the climate crisis.
But, at the same time, technology can have a negative impact on societies and democracy, he cautioned.
Macron said, “What is happening around us can change things deeply. Having that said, it means that we cannot build anything in the post-COVID world without reaping the benefits and learning the lessons from what we have experienced.”
He said societies are vulnerable and nature is reminding everyone of that fact.
“We are vulnerable to pandemics, climactic events, and so on. And so the economy of tomorrow needs to be strengthened by these lessons,” Macron told the Summit.
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