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Davos 2016: What Biden Wants American CEOs To Change In Nigeria, Others

Posted: Jan 21, 2016 at 9:57 am   /   by   /   comments (0)



United States Vice President, Joe Biden, has called on American businesses to push for changes in Nigeria and other countries where the law prohibits lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people from being open.

Speaking during the ”Cancer Moonshot: A Call to Action” session at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland on Wednesday, the U.S. Vice President put gay rights at the heart of this year’s meeting by urging executives in Davos to use their influence to drive this change.

According to a Reuters report, the issue is on the official agenda for the first time at the World Economic Forum, where political leaders from countries that discriminate against gay people, such as Nigeria and Russia, romance business leaders and billionaire investors.

Speaking to U.S. executives including Nathan Blecharczyk, co-founder of apartment-sharing firm Airbnb, Muhtar Kent, chairman and CEO of The Coca Cola Company, and Anthony Scaramucci, founder of hedge fund SkyBridge Capital, Biden said: “You can change the terms of debate. You actually put governments on notice.”

According to him, the U.S. President, Barack Obama, had raised the issue of repression of the LGBT community when they meet political leaders, adding that there was no justification, be it national or cultural, for the discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

Only last year, a U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalised same-sex marriage nationwide.