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Kamal Nath to attend WEF meet in Davos

Sujay Mehdudia

NEW DELHI: Union Commerce and Industry Minister Kamal Nath will be attending the World Economic Forum (WEF) meeting in Davos (Switzerland) from January 28 to 31. The WEF meet will be attended by over 2,500 participants from 96 countries.

According to an official statement here on Friday, the meeting assumes significance as more than 40 heads of State and government will be participating. Business leaders from all sectors and from all regions will be represented. Other participants include heads of NGOs and labour leaders, social entrepreneurs and young global leaders.

Bilateral meetings

Mr. Nath is scheduled to have several bilateral meetings with Australia, Germany, the United States, the European Union, New Zealand, Brazil and Thailand among others. A special session will be addressed by Wen Jiabao, Premier of the People’s Republic of China and Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on January 28.

Other important sessions include ‘Managing Global Crisis;’ ‘Defying the downturn: How Rapidly Developing Economies are Dealing;’ ‘Enabling Trade: Threats and Opportunities’ and ‘Reviving Global Economic Growth.’ A breakfast session on ‘Surviving the Meltdown and Brand India’ and ‘The Fight against Protectionism’ is scheduled for January 31.

The meeting will focus on managing the current crisis and shaping the entire post-crisis agenda, from economic reforms to climate change. The objective of the annual meeting 2009 is to catalyse a holistic and systematic approach to improve the state of the world in a manner that integrates all stakeholders of global society.

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