The World Economic Forum to be held next year in January is a major world event. It is said that this event brings together some 2,500 top business leaders, international political leaders, economists, and journalists for up to four days. Important issues affecting the world are discussed at this meet.
But this upcoming meet will be special for India. Prime Minister Modi will become the first Indian prime minister to attend the forum in over 20 years. It is expected that he will be treated as a chief guest. Last year, Chinese President Xi Jinping had delivered the main address. This time, Prime Minister Modi may do so. This goes to show the rising clout of India on the world stage.
This will be Prime Minister Modi’s maiden appearance at Davos, the Alpine ski resort where the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in January is held. India is expected to be the center-stage of attraction at the meet. Almost a hundred Indian corporate chiefs and policymakers are expected to be present there.
“The India theme will be in focus at the conference with several sessions around India,” said an official, pointing out that there is a lot of interest to invest in the country.
Thirty to forty heads of government are expected to be at Davos. India will look to aggressively pitch for greater investment in the country and also attract other with its soft power through food, art and culture.
The only two Indianprime ministers to have attended the meet were PV Narasimha Rao and HD Deve Gouda. Indian prime ministers have avoided this major event as it clashes with the Republic Day celebrations and it gets very hectic. But Prime Minister Modi is never known to avoid work no matter how hectic things get for him. Prime Minister Modi has decided to pack his January calendar. He’ll make this trip to Switzerland for the WEF which is scheduled for January 23-26, and then will return to India to welcome ASEAN leaders for the Republic Day celebrations.