WEF Davos 2018: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has left for Davos, Switzerland today to attend the World Economic Forum 2018. The annual conference will see some of the major names from across the world. US President Donald Trump, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, UK Prime Minister Theresa May are a few world leaders who will be a part of the forum. Prime Minister Modi will give the opening address at the forum where he will be speaking to the world leaders and business tycoons on the first day of the conference, that is tomorrow January 23.
In a series of tweets yesterday, PM Modi expressed his enthusiasm about the economic forum. On January 21, he wrote, “I look forward to my first visit to the World Economic Forum at Davos, at the invitation of India’s good friend and Founder of the WEF, Prof Klaus Schwab. The theme of the Forum, “Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World” is both thoughtful and apt.”
He also wrote about the challenges in various fields. PM Modi wrote, “The existing and emerging challenges to the contemporary international system and global governance architecture deserve serious attention of leaders, governments, policy makers, corporates and civil societies around the world.”
“In recent years, India’s engagement with the outside world has become truly and effectively multi-dimensional covering the political, economic, people to people, security and other spheres,” wrote PM Narendra Modi.
PM Modi also wrote, “At Davos, I look forward to sharing my vision for India’s future engagement with the international community.”
Narendra Modi will also attend meetings with Swedish PM. On Twitter, he wrote, “Apart from the events for the World Economic Forum, I look forward to my separate bilateral meetings with the President of the Swiss Confederation H. E. Mr Alain Berset and Prime Minister of Sweden H. E. Mr Stefan Lofven.”
Along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, members of his delegation include Commerce and Industry minister Suresh Prabhu, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal and Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, among many others. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Phadnavis will also attend the conference.
The last time an Indian Prime Minister went to attend the summit was HD Deve Gowda in 1997.