Modi becomes 1st Indian PM to attend Davos summit in 20 yrs

RSTV Bureau
Prime Minister Narendra Modi leaves for the World Economic Forum to be held in Davos.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi leaves for the World Economic Forum to be held in Davos.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is on his way to Davos in Switzerland to attend the 48th annual meeting of the World Economic Forum, which begins on January 23.

This is the first time an Indian Prime Minister is attending the key economic meet in 20 years. Former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda had attended the summit last in 1997.

PM Modi is leading the largest ever Indian delegation with over 130 participants. He is scheduled to address the plenary session of the forum on Tuesday. The much anticipated address will be attended by over 3000 global leaders from business, government, politics, academia and social sectors.

The team accompanying him include ministers of the cabinet- Arun Jaitley, Suresh Prabhu, Piyush Goyal, Dharmendra Pradhan, MJ Akbar and Jitendra Singh.

The PM will also host a round table dinner for 60 top CEOs including 40 from global corporates and 20 from India. Among his engagements are bilateral meetings with Swiss President Alain Berset.

Ahead of his departure, PM Modi in a series of tweets said he was looking forward to his visit.

 

The five-day WEF Annual Meeting will host government heads, global organisations, and nearly 2,000 CEOs from top companies of the world in around 400 sessions. This year’s WEF – focused on theme ‘Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World’ – will also see the largest ever women participation at 21 per cent.

Apart from Prime Minister Modi and the huge Indian delegation, focus would also be on US President Trump – who will be attending the forum for the first time and will deliver the closing keynote address.

The 48th annual meeting of the WEF begins on January 23 and will conclude on January 26th.

(With inputs from agencies)