The World Economic Forum 2018 begins at Davos in Switzerland on Monday evening and holds special significance for India as Prime Minister Narendra Modi is the first Indian Prime Minister to attend Davos meeting in about 20 years since HD Deve Gowda in 1997. During his 24-hour visit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will host dinner for CEOs from across the world, 20 of Indian companies and 40 from elsewhere. He will also interact with 120 members of World Economic Forum's international business community.
On his agenda is a bilateral meeting with Swiss President Alain Berset.
Mr Modi expected to talk about his experience with 'cooperative federalism' in India, while urging the world for a collective crackdown on terrorism, economic imbalances, cyber threats, among other social issues. He is also expected to pitch to global leaders the steps taken by the government to make it easier to do business in India, check corruption, clamp down on black money, streamline taxation and boost sustainable growth. Overall, the focus of his talk would be making of 'a new, young and innovative India'.
Accompanying the Prime Minister will be six union ministers - Arun Jaitley, Suresh Prabhu, Piyush Goyal, Dharmendra Pradhan, MJ Akbar and Jitendra Singh.
India will also host yoga training sessions for the entire duration of the meeting and showcase Indian heritage and culture in Davos. The annual meeting will continue will continue till January 26.
(With Inputs From PTI)
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