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Here is everything you need to know about the Davos Summit 2019
January 16, 2019

Here is everything you need to know about the Davos Summit 2019

World Economic Forum will be holding the Davos Summit — the annual meeting it is best known for — between January 22 and January 25 this year in the Swiss town of Davos.

Several top business leaders, international political leaders, economists, celebrities and journalists participate in the summit every year to discuss a number of issues impacting the world.

Likewise, about 3,000 participants are expected to gather this year as well in Davos to address a range of issues.

Here's all you need to know about the Davos Summit 2019:
  • The theme of the summit this year is 'Globalisation 4.0: Shaping a Global Architecture in the Age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution' under which the leaders will be discussing how to build a better version of globalisation.
  • The theme will be discussed in about 350 sessions.
  • Shinzo Abe, Angela Merkel, Prince William, David Attenborough, Jacinda Ardern, Benjamin Netanyahu are among the participants this year.
  • 16-year-old South African wildlife photographer Skye Meaker will be the youngest participant, while 92-year-old Sir David Attenborough, the renowned broadcaster, will be the oldest participant to attend the summit. 
  • Microsoft's Indian-origin CEO Satya Nadella, along with five others will co-chair the meeting. They will be responsible for framing discussions throughout the week.
  • From India, finance minister Arun Jaitley, commerce minister Suresh Prabhu and petroleum and natural gas minister Dharmendra Pradhan are likely to attend the meeting. Along with them, three chief ministers — Kamal Nath, N Chandrababu Naidu and Devendra Fadnavis — will also likely attend the meeting.
  • More than 100 Indian CEOs are expected to attend the meeting.  Among business leaders, the registered participants include Azim Premji and his son Rishad, Mukesh Ambani with wife Nita Ambani and children Isha and Akash, Gautam Adani, Uday Kotak, N Chandrasekaran, Lakshmi Mittal and his son Aditya, Nandan Nilekani, Anand Mahindra, Ajay Piramal and Ajay Singh.
  • Among economists, Raghuram Rajan, Gita Gopinath, Amitabh Kant and several bankers are also registered for the meeting.
  • Celebrity film producer and director Karan Johar is also likely to be seen at the meeting.
  • There would be several India-focused sessions. Besides, the country's political scenario may hog the limelight, with the event taking place after five state polls and ahead of the national election.
  • From US, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy Coordination, Chris Liddell, will be attending the summit. President Trump, earlier this month, canceled his plans to visit Davos to attend the summit due to the partial government shutdown.
  • China’s Vice President Wang Qishan is expected to lead the country's delegation to the summit.
  • You can watch over 100 sessions live on the World Economic Forum Website.
(With inputs from PTI)