Narendra Modi to be first PM to attend World Economic Forum in 20 years

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. The India theme will be in focus at the conference with several sessions around India

Modi will be the first Indian PM to attend the meet in over two decades but 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.

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. Like the past, 30-40 heads of government are expected to be Davos, which will give India an opportunity to show case its policies as well as soft power through food, art and culture.

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