Prime Minister Narendra Modi is all set to attend the annual World Economic Forum (WEF) to be held from 23-26 January hosted by Switzerland in Davos. This will be the first visit to WEF by any Indian Prime Minister in last two decades. Therefore, the event has become more crucial. Also, there has been indication that PM Modi may meet his U.S. counterpart President Donald Trump in the session.
According to Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ statement released earlier, PM Modi would attend the auspicious WEF and will be in Davos on the two day trip starting from 22 January. During this visit, Modi :
“Will deliver the keynote speech at the plenary session of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland on 23 January 2018.” It must be noted that Modi’s visit to WEF is the first since 1997 by the then prime minister H.D. Deve Gowda.
The meeting between the two top officials of India and U.S. aren’t confirmed yet as the dates of Trump’s visit to Davos are still not clear. It has been also been reported that Trump will also be the first US President to make the visit to Davos since then US President Bill Clinton in 2000, says Bloomberg. The officials from the White House who are with the developments are also not saying anything on the subject of possible meeting between the two. But there hasn’t been any rejection for the same as well.
In an official statement, Sarah Sanders (White House Press Secretary), said “The president welcomes opportunities to advance his ‘America First’ agenda with world leaders.” She continues and said,”At this year’s World Economic Forum, the president looks forward to promoting his policies to strengthen American businesses, American industries, and American workers.”
There has been two important events to for PM Modi and the country’s top officials. The first one is the visit by the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who will be in India on his four-day visit starting on 14 January. The second important event scheduled is India-Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit on 25 January which marks 25 years of association between Asia’s third largest economy and one of the most vibrant economic structures in the world. PM Modi will be hosting to all 10 ASEAN heads of government during this occasion. On 26 January, the leaders will share the stage with Modi as President Ram Nath Kovind takes the salute at India’s 69th Republic Day celebrations.
Ahead to it’s visit, Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman, World Economic Forum quoted and applauded India’s performance as one of the major growing economy in the world, he said :
“There is no doubt that India is in transition and will soon become a force to be reckoned with.”
The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2018 will held in Switzerland’s Davos-Klosters under the theme ‘Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World‘.
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