22 January, New Delhi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday left for Davos, Switzerland to attend the 48th annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF).
The Prime Minister was accompanied by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu among others.
He is scheduled to deliver a keynote address on the opening day of the meeting on Tuesday.
The Prime Minister will also hold bilateral talks with the President of Swiss Confederation, Alain Berset, besides holding a series of meetings with business leaders and addressing the international business council.
The theme of the four-day event at Davos is “Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World”.
The last time an Indian Prime Minister went to attend the summit was HD Deve Gowda in 1997.
Before his departure, Modi said India’s engagement with the outside world in recent years “has become effectively multi-dimensional” and that these will boost further strengthen economic ties with various countries.
“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,” the Prime Minister said.
He said, “at Davos, I look forward to sharing my vision for India’s future engagement with the international community”.
“Apart from the events for the World Economic Forum, I look forward to my separate bilateral meetings with the President of the Swiss Confederation Alain_Berset and Prime Minister of Sweden H. E. Mr. Stefan Lofven,” he said.
“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,” the Prime Minister noted.