NEW DELHI: India’s Commerce & Industry and Railways Minister Piyush Goyal will lead the Indian delegation to the World Economic Forum (WEF) from January 20th to 24th 2020, the government in a statement Saturday said.
The 50th edition of the WEF is starting from January 20 in Switzerland’s Davos.
The Indian group includes India’s Minister of State for Shipping and Chemical and Fertilizers, Mansukh L. Mandaviya and Chief Ministers of the states of Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh, Finance Minister of Punjab and the IT Minister of Telangana.
Secretary Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade Guruprasad Mohapatra, and the Ministry of Commerce and Industry and Invest India officials will also be a part of the delegation.
Goyal will also hold bilateral meetings with the ministers of Australia, South Africa, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, Korea and Singapore.
In addition, the discussions with the Director-General of World Trade Organisation and the Secretary General of Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), are also lined up according to the Commerce Ministry.
The high-powered group’s WEF visit holds significance as India seeks to attract foreign investment in the Indian Railways and other industries amid rising economic downturn concerns.
Climate change and trade barriers are expected to dominate the discussions during the five-day-long mega conference which is expected to witness the presence of nearly 3,000 delegates including political and corporate leaders worldwide.
The US President Donald J Trump, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, UK’s Chancellor of the Exchequer Sajid Javid, Goldman Sachs chief David Solomon and teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg are likely to attend the WEF 2020.