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PM Modi leaves for Davos, will ‘share his vision for India’s future engagement with world’ at WEF

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to deliver a keynote address on the opening day of the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting on Tuesday.

Davos Summit 2018 Updated: Jan 22, 2018 09:25 IST
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be the first Indian Prime Minister to attend Davos in two decades — after HD Deve Gowda in 1997.(Reuters)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi left for Davos on Monday to attend the 48th annual meeting of the World Economic Forum accompanied by finance minister Arun Jaitley and commerce and industry minister Suresh Prabhu among others.

Modi is scheduled to deliver a keynote address on the opening day of the meeting on Tuesday. “At Davos, I look forward to sharing my vision for India’s future engagement with the international community,” the PM tweeted on Sunday.

Modi will be the first Indian Prime Minister to attend Davos in two decades — after HD Deve Gowda in 1997.

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The Prime Minister will also hold bilateral talks with the President of Swiss Confederation, Alain Berset, besides holding a series of meetings with business leaders and addressing the international business council.

Under the theme “Creating a shared future in a Fractured World”, the meeting aims to set an agenda to address political, economic and Social challenges of recent times.

More than 3,000 world leaders from business, politics, art, academia and civil society will attend WEF annual meeting over the next five days in the small ski resort town on snow-covered Alps mountains, where the Indian presence will be the largest ever with over 130 participants.

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WEF chairman Klaus Schwab will declare the summit open on Monday evening with a welcome message on the meeting’s theme, ‘Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World’.

It will be followed by honouring Bollywood superstar Shahrukh Khan, Australian actress Cate Blanchett and legendary musician Elton John with the annual ‘Crystal Awards’ for their respective work towards improving the state of the world.

First Published: Jan 22, 2018 09:25 IST