Special Correspondent

The theme is `India: Meeting New Expectations'

  • She will present the `2006 Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award'
  • Chidambaram, Deora. Kamal Nath a few among speakers

    NEW DELHI: United Progressive Alliance Chairperson Sonia Gandhi will address the 22nd India Economic Summit 2006 to be hosted here by the World Economic Forum and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) from November 26 to 28.

    The theme of the summit is `India: Meeting New Expectations.'Addressing mediapersons, CII president R. Seshasayee said: "The tremendous response received from the global business participants more than 200 overseas companies with over 350 CEO and board-level participants, from 32 countries is a clear reflection of the global business community's increasing interest and growing confidence in India as an investment destination. The summit has now become a recognized platform for discussing and debating issues that shape India's economic future."

    Ms. Gandhi will speak on the theme of "Meeting New Expectations" as well as present the `2006 Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award.'Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will meet a select group of participants of the summit.

    Other prominent speakers from India include P. Chidambaram, Finance Minister; Kamal Nath, Minister of Commerce; Murli Deora, Minister of Petroleum; Anbumani Ramadoss, Minister of Health; Kapil Sibal, Minister of Science and Technology ; Sharad Pawar, Minister of Agriculture and Montek S. Ahluwalia, Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission. A number of Chief Ministers, including Vilasrao Deshmukh, Vasundhara Raje, Amarinder Singh, Nitish Kumar and Sheila Dikshit will also address the gathering.

    The meet will explore in depth the many facets of the country's economic and political transformation. "Ten per cent growth relies heavily on some major assumptions going forward," said Lee Howell, Head of Asia at the World Economic Forum.