Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday reached Switzerland to participate in the World Economic Forum in Davos. As first order of business, PM Modi met with Swiss President Alain Bersetand. Later he attended an official welcome reception hosted by India at the event's venue the Congress Centre.
PM Modi will also host a dinner for Indian CEOs, who have turned up in a huge number and are excited for his keynote speech on Tuesday.
In the largest ever Indian presence in the 48-year history of WEF summit in this Swiss ski resort town, more than 130 Indian CEOs are present along with over 2,000 business leaders and 70 heads of states and governments. Besides, several other leaders from politics, business, academia, art, culture and civil society are also present for the event which opens on Monday and will close on Friday.
The prime minister had said in his departure statement yesterday that India’s engagement with the outside world in the recent years has become “truly and effectively multi- dimensional covering the political, economic, people to people, security and other spheres”.
“At Davos, I look forward to sharing my vision for India’s future engagement with the international community,” he said.
Modi, who will deliver the opening plenary address at the WEF summit on Tuesday, said he is also looking forward to separate bilateral meetings with Swiss President Alain Berset and Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven in Davos.
“I am confident that these bilateral meetings would be fruitful and give a boost to our relations with these countries and further strengthen economic engagement,” he said.
Modi will host a dinner for global CEOs today. On Tuesday, he will interact with global business community members, besides delivering his keynote address.
(With inputs from PTI)