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Welcomed By Swiss President, PM Modi Kicks Off Davos Visit With Meeting Of Top Global CEOs

| January 23 , 2018 , 09:00 IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in the Switzerland resort of Davos to attend the 5-day World Economic Forum on Monday night and met with CEOs of top global companies and the Swiss President.

PM Modi is scheduled to give the keynote address at the plenary session of the WeF on Tuesday, becoming the first Indian PM to attend the annual WeF event in 21 years, after H.D. Deve Gowda attended in 1997.

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Swiss President Alain Berset warmly greeted PM Modi upon his arrival, before taking him to the meeting. Previously, PM Modi visited Switzerland in June 2016.

"On reaching Davos, held talks with the President of the Swiss Confederation, Alain Berset. We reviewed the scope of our bilateral cooperation and discussed ways to deepen it even further," Modi tweeted.

The Ministry of External Affairs, in a tweet said, "Narrating India's growth story and presenting exciting opportunities for global business in India at #Davos, PM @narendramodi hosted a roundtable meeting with CEOs of top global companies."

Mahindra Group Chairman Anand Mahindra, who had also participated at the meet, tweeted: "Let me add my compliments to you all. You did us proud with your world-beating organizational skills. Every global CEO was floored by the personal touches in your hospitality. I am proud to be on the board of Invest India."

CEO of NITI Aayog Amitabh Kant also shared pride on India's strong presence at the Davos event, which apart from an impressive attendee list will display the 'soft power' of India through yoga sessions and Indian cuisine.  

"In addition to listening to PM keynote address at the plenary session, participating and speaking in several sessions I look forward to joining the Yoga classes on the Alps early morning! India's soft power is on full display at World Economic Forum," Kant tweeted.

The 5-day meeting in Davos, a mountain resort in the Swiss Alps, is to be attended by around 3,000 world leaders from the fields of business, politics, art, academia and civil society. Heads of 38 major organisations such as the WTO, the IMF and the World Bank will also be attending the event which is themed 'Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World'.