WEF 2018: PM Modi holds bilateral meeting with Swiss President Alain Berset


Mr. Modi, who arrived at the ski-resort on Monday, would be delivering the keynote address at the summit's plenary session on Tuesday, January 23, 2018. Modi is expected to make a strong statement even as his officials try to showcase "New India" and its growing potential given easier rules apart from being a large market. "Hope to find some love and friendship to keep me warm here".

Trudeau took off this morning for the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. "Davos diaries", he wrote. Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan will also be there.

The Swiss military is stationing 4,377 troops in and around Davos, Switzerland, to provide security for this year's meetings at the World Economic Forum, which is set to be headlined by Mr Trump.

President Donald Trump allegedly engaged in racial mockery of India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi, after the latter chastised Trump's strategy in Afghanistan.

"At Davos, I look forward to sharing my vision for India's future engagement with the global community", he said in a series of tweets hashtagged "IndiaMeansBusiness". He said: "Sell in any country of the world but manufacture here". Believed to be part of a significant charm offensive to attract investment, Modi will be delivering the opening address and billboards have already been seen across the town with pictures of Modi and the caption: "India Means Business".

"Canada and India share a special bond, and are linked by tremendous people-to-people connections". PM Modi is the first Indian PM to make an appearance at the high-profile summit in 20 years. Mr Modi will also attend the welcome reception organized by the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion.

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"Our economic relationship with India, while growing, is still modest".

"No meeting is planned between the two Prime Ministers", Gokhale said.

So far, Modi's meeting with Alain Berset, President of the Swiss Confederation, has been officially confirmed.

PM Modi will be accompanied by six union ministers - Arun Jaitley, Suresh Prabhu, Piyush Goyal, Dharmendra Pradhan, MJ Akbar and Jitendra Singh.

Narendra Modi and Justin Trudeau in 2016.

The Davos forum will host 1,900 business leaders and also more than 200 media executives, 50 prominent culture figures and over 30 "technology pioneers".