World Economic Forum meet kicks off tomorrow; India to have strong presence

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Hundreds of top-notch CEOs will discuss state of global economy among themselves and around 40 heads of government at the annual talk-fest of rich and powerful people from across the world here for five days, beginning tomorrow. (AP) Hundreds of top-notch CEOs will discuss state of global economy among themselves and around 40 heads of government at the annual talk-fest of rich and powerful people from across the world here for five days, beginning tomorrow. (AP)
SummaryHundreds of top-notch CEOs will discuss state of global economy among themselves and around 40 heads of government at the annual talk-fest of rich and powerful people from across the world here for five days, beginning tomorrow.

Hundreds of top-notch CEOs will discuss state of global economy among themselves and around 40 heads of government at the annual talk-fest of rich and powerful people from across the world here for five days, beginning tomorrow.

At this Annual Meeting of World Economic Forum (WEF), being held for 43rd time in the Swiss skiing resort town of Davos, India will be represented by a nearly 125-member delegation including senior ministers and top corporate leaders.

Besides economic issues and hardcore business talks, problems in Syria, Iran's possible return to global diplomatic tables, as also the ever-evolving future of euro zone is expected to hog the limelight during the summit.

The 40 heads of state or government expected here include those from the UK, Australia, Japan, Iran, Israel, Brazil, Italy, Mauritius, Republic of Korea besides Switzerland itself.

The Indian leaders expected to attend the meeting include Finance Minister P Chidambaram, Commerce Minister Anand Sharma, Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia and Minister for Urban Development & Parliamentary Affairs Kamal Nath.

Minister for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Praful Patel, Power Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia and Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan are also scheduled to attend the meeting.

Besides WEF meetings, the Indian leaders are also expected to hold bilateral and multi-lateral meetings with their counterparts from other countries, as also with the CEOs of many top companies from across the world.

Among over 100 corporate leaders expected from India, the prominent names include Tata group chief Cyrus Mistry, Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani, as also other top businessmen such as Azim Premji, Adi Godrej, Gautam Adani, Rahul Bajaj, Sunil Mittal, Kris Gopalakrishnan, Prashant Ruia, Shivinder and Malvinder Mohan Singh, G M Rao, Pawan Munjal, Naina Lal Kidwai, Naresh Goyal and Uday Kotak.

WEF says that its 44th annual meeting would be attended by over 2,500 participants from almost 100 countries, including 1,500 business leaders, and this year's theme would be "The Reshaping of the World: Consequences for Society, Politics and Business'.

Only once was the WEF meeting held outside Davos and the Co-Chairs of the Annual Meeting 2014 are Kris Gopalakrishnan (President, Confederation of Indian Industry and Vice-Chairman, Infosys), Marissa Mayer (Yahoo CEO), Aliko Dangote (CEO of Nigeria's Dangote Group), Jiang Jianqing (Chairman of Industrial and Commercial Bank of China), Joseph Jimenez (CEO of Novartis), Christophe de Margerie (CEO of Total) and Judith Rodin (President, Rockefeller Foundation).

Leaders of G-20 countries who will address the meeting include Australia's Tony Abbot, Japan's

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