Yoga on Alps: Yoga teachers in Modi's entourage to Davos to offer sessions for WEF delegates

Last Updated 19 January 2018, 17:18 IST

The heads of government and business leaders attending the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos next week can also indulge in some yoga in-between brainstorming sessions on global economy.

Two yoga teachers from India will join Prime Minister Narendra Modi's entourage to WEF and will hold sessions for the heads of government, corporate honchos, executives and others attending the Forum, said Ramesh Abhishek, Secretary of the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.

American President Donald Trump is among the leaders, who are likely to attend the WEF in  the Swiss Alps. Top business leaders and bankers are also likely to take part.

Modi will deliver the keynote speech at WEF's plenary session, which will be moderated by Prof Klaus Schwab, founder and executive chairman of the Forum.

The last Indian Prime Minister to attend the WEF was H D Deve Gowda in 1997.

"Our economy has expanded significantly since the last time an Indian Prime Minister went to Davos and, therefore, this visit is very important," Vijay Gokhale, Secretary (Economic Relations) at the Ministry of External Affairs, said.

Modi will hold a bilateral meeting with Swiss President Alain Berset. He is also likely to have brief "pull-aside" interactions with some other heads of government and   state.

Gokhale, however, made it clear that the Prime Minister would not have a bilateral meeting or pull-aside interaction with the US President as the two leaders would not meet in Davos.

Modi message

He said the Prime Minister would highlight his government's reform initiatives and send out the message that India was ready for investment from around the world.

Abhishek said that the Prime Minister would also host a round table dinner on January 22 for Chief Executive Officers of top 60 companies, including 40 multinational corporates. The CEOs of Airbus, Hitachi, BAE Systems and IBM are among the ones who have already confirmed their attendance.

Modi will also meet about 120 members, including heads of General Motors, Salesforce, Royal Dutch Shell, Nestle and JP Morgan, from the investor community at WEF on January 23.

(Published 19 January 2018, 16:52 IST)

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