Prime Minister Narendra Modi will make his maiden appearance at Davos, the Alpine ski resort where the world’s top CEOs and a large number of heads of government gather for the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in January.Modi will be the first Indian Prime Minister at the Davos summit since 1997 when then Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda had attended. PM to attend the meet in over two decades but officials said, it will be the first time that an Indian Prime Minister will be the treated like the chief guest with the country expected to dominate the show, where nearly a hundred Indian corporate chiefs and policymakers will be present.“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. Last January, Chinese President Xi Jinping delivered the main address in Davos where he courted global businessmen and made a strong pitch to shun protectionism, in what was an apparent dig at the US ahead of Donald Trump’s inauguration later in the month.The ministers whose names are being considered include Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu, Railways Minister Piyush Goyal, Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari and Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan.NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant and DIPP Secretary Ramesh Abhishek are also expected to be present. The Forum has said the programme of the 2018 Annual Meeting will explore the root causes of, and pragmatic solutions for, the manifold political, economic and social fractures facing global society.The registered Indian participants also include CII Director General Chandrajit Banerjee, as also Gautam Adani, Swami Agnivesh, Rahul Bajaj, Sanjiv Bajaj, N Chandrasekaran, Sajjan Jindal, Anand Mahindra, Lakshmi Mittal and son Aditya, Sunil Mittal and son Kavin, Nandan Nilekani, Indra Nooyi, Azim Premji, Ajay Piramal, Ajay Singh, Naresh Goyal and Tulsi Tanti. Mukesh Ambani is expected to be accompanied by wife Nita as also children Akash and Isha.
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