More than 100 Indian CEOs along with some senior government leaders will soon be in the ski resort town of Davos for the WEF Annual Meeting, where the world leaders will discuss ways to revive economic growth and strengthen global collaboration.
Over the five days of talkfest starting 16 January in snow-laden Davos where the temperature could fall to as low as minus 20 degrees, the 47th Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) will take place.
Top global leaders expected to be present include British Prime Minister Theressa May and Chinese President Xi Jinping, even as some others like German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will give this year’s annual jamboree of the rich and powerful a miss.
There will also be 300 public figures, including more than 50 heads of State and government, and many participants from media, academia, and NGOs. A full list of participants will be released by Geneva-based WEF on 10 January.
From India, the expected participants include Road Transport and Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari, Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Niti Aayog Vice President Arvind Panagariya, DIPP Secretary Ramesh Abhishek and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu.
Besides, more than 100 Indian CEOs are expected to be present at the event which will see overall more than 3,000 participants from more than 100 countries, including 1,200 CEOs, the biggest such gathering ever.
Others from India include ONGC Chairman Dinesh Kumar Sarraf, CII Director General Chandrajit Banjerjee, Baba Kalyani and Amit Kalyani from BharatForge, Siddhartha Lal of Eicher Motors, Prashant Ruiaof Essar, Rajiv Memani of EY India, Naushad Forbes of Forbes Marshall Private Limited,Malvinder Mohan Singh of Fortis Healthcare and Kiran Kumar Grandhi and GBS Raju of GMR Group.
The Global Shapers, a community of young people under the age of 30, will give a voice to 50 per cent of the world’s population that is still under-represented in global affairs, while Social Entrepreneurs and Young Global Leaders highlight the need for social innovation to correct the shortcomings of capitalism.
The theme of the meeting calls on global leaders to renew the systems that have supported international cooperation in the past by adapting them to today’s complex, multipolar world in ways that foster genuinely inclusive and equitable growth.
To build on this theme, the programme focuses on five ‘gravity centres’, each constructed to help leaders address distinct yet related critical challenges in 2017.
From India, a business delegation led by industry body CII would also be present for various meetings, including on the sidelines of the WEF Annual Meeting.