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Sonia Gandhi to address WEF

india Updated: Nov 22, 2006 20:32 IST

Congress president Sonia Gandhi will address the 22nd India Economic Summit 2006, jointly hosted by the World Economic Forum (WEF) and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).

The theme of the three-day event, which will take place between November 26 and November 28, is  "India: Meeting New Expectations". It will bring together more than 600 business, political and civil society leaders from over 30 countries.

"The theme reflects the increased emphasis on the role of state governments and public-private partnerships in fulfilling India's future growth objectives", said Collette Mathur, Senior Advisor, WEF. 
Gandhi, who is also the chairperson of the ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA), will speak on "Meeting New Expectations".

Among others to address the forum will be union ministers Palaniappan Chidambaram, Kamal Nath, Murli Deora, Anbumani Ramadoss, Kapil Sibal and Sharad Pawar; Deputy Chairman Planning Commission Montek S Ahluwalia, chief ministers Vilasrao Deshmukh, Vasundhara Raje, Amarinder Singh,  Nitish Kumar and Sheila Dikshit.
R Seshasayee, President of the Confederation and Indian Industry (CII) said that the organisers have received "tremendous response from the global business participants. More than 200 overseas companies will be represented."