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Stage set for World Economic Forum meet
Press Trust of India
Davos, January 23, 2007
First Published: 16:38 IST(23/1/2007)
Last Updated: 16:38 IST(23/1/2007)

Global business and political leaders are converging in Davos for the prestigious World Economic Forum meeting that begins from Wednesday, with India fielding a 100-member strong delegation.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is scheduled to give the opening address at the five-day meet that will see more than 2,400 participants comprising corporate honchos, government leaders and even religious heads from across the world.

The Indian team is being led by Commerce Minister Kamal Nath and Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia. They will address a number of India-centric sessions covering economic reforms, and energy security.

The WEF meeting will not only cover economic issues but also geopolitical concerns confronting the world. There are two sessions on terrorism and West Asia turmoil, in which Pakistan Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz is among those scheduled to take part.

WTO Doha trade talks, suspended since July last year, may restart with a strong possibility of a mini-ministerial meeting of key trade ministers. The key initiative for this meet would come from WTO chief Pascal Lamy, who is likely to try and rope in ministers from India, Brazil, EU and the US.

Meanwhile, Indian bureaucrats and industry heads will engage in economic diplomacy, networking and selling the 'India growth story'. The who's who of India Inc including NR Narayana Murthy, Azim Premji, Anil Ambani, Vijay Mallya, Sajjan Jindal, Anand Mahindra, Baba Kalyani, Gautam Thapar and CII President R Seshasayee will all make presentations to a global audience within the overall theme of 'The Shifting Power Equation'.


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