What to expect from Day 1 of WEF summit in Davos today


New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, railways and coal minister Piyush Goyal, actor Shah Rukh Khan, director Karan Johar and a handful of Indian origin business executives will shape the dialogue on key economic, social, cultural and developmental issues confronting the world on the first day of the four-day World Economic Forum (WEF) annual summit, which begins at Davos in Switzerland on Tuesday.

The highlight of Tuesday’s session will be Modi’s opening plenary, in which he is expected to share his vision of India’s future engagement with the international community. Modi will also project India as the engine of global economic growth and outline the reforms undertaken in the country. In a discussion on energy, Goyal will share his thoughts on how industries, institutions and innovation shape the future of energy systems. The session will cover alternative energy sources, climate change and smart city design.

Actor Khan will share his thoughts on women’s empowerment at a separate session, while V. Ramgopal Rao, director, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, will help shape the discussion on large-scale research collaborations.

Chanda Kochhar, managing director and chief executive, ICICI Bank Ltd, is among the speakers who will discuss the social and economic costs of international trade to some communities which are ignored. Speakers will deliberate on saving economic globalization from itself.

Indra Nooyi, chairman and chief executive officer, PepsiCo Inc., will talk about the road towards better capitalism. Speakers will deliberate on how corporate management, boards and investors can align to support long-term value creation.

Johar, film director and producer, will take part in a discussion on weaponization of culture. The session will focus on how culture wars can be averted as notions of cultural decline and ethnic supremacy are closely linked with populism, nativism and statism.livemint