19 January, New Delhi
Two Indian ‘Acharyas’ and Yoga experts will be traveling to Davos in Switzerland to provide Yoga classes during the five-day annual meet of the World Economic Forum(WEF) beginning January 23. This will be a first and rare kind of an event India will host ‘training sessions’ at the WEF in Davos, a senior official said.
“We will showcase Indian heritage and culture in Davos. As part of this, Yoga has been included in the main WEF programme for which we will be taking two Acharyas to Davos…..They will provide yoga classes during the five-day summit,” Secretary Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) in Commerce Ministry Ramesh Abhishek told reporters here.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will represent India at the Davos meet for the first time after H D Deve Gowda had made his presence at the prestigious meet way back in 1997.He said, PM Modi will deliver the keynote address at the plenary session.
The Government of India will be also hosting a welcome reception for the WEF members on January 22 where 1,500 people are expected to come.”We will showcase India’s progress while also giving a taste of our exquisite cuisine and Indian culture and heritage,” Abhishek said.
Indian cuisine and yoga will mark the start of the five-day meet.Six Union ministers including Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Commerce Minister Suresh Pabhu and Railway Minister Piyush Goyal will be also attending the different sessions.