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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that he will share his vision for India's future engagement with the worldwide community.

More than 3,000 world leaders from business, politics, art, academia and civil society will attend WEF annual meeting over the next five days, where Indian presence will be the largest ever with over 130 participants.

A day before he was scheduled to leave for Davos, Modi said he would share his vision for future engagements between India and the global community.

Modi's declared philosophy of "Together with all, progress for all" also chimes in well with the WEF's theme for Davos 2018: "Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World". He said at Davos he would be sharing his vision for India's future engagement with the worldwide community.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday rejected the notion that India was putting "so much hard work" to isolate Pakistan, asserting that his efforts were aimed at uniting the world powers to defeat terrorism as his country has been suffering from the scourge since decades. Modi will deliver the plenary session at the summit on Tuesday, a speech delivered by Chinese President Xi Jinping a year ago. In a first at the WEF summit, India will also host yoga training sessions for the entire duration of the meeting, while also showcasing Indian heritage and culture.

Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi is also scheduled to address a session in Davos.

Nadir Patel, the Canadian High Commissioner in New Delhi said: "Canada greatly values its strong relationship with India". The World Bank in its report recognized India's reform efforts by stating that the country is one of the top 10 improvers in this year's assessment, having implemented reforms in 8 out of 10 Doing Business indicators. A few of the ministers expected to attend are Arun Jaitley, Suresh Prabhu, Dharmendra Pradhan, Piyush Goyal, Jitendra Singh, MJ Akbar.

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

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau set off for Davos, Switzerland, on Monday to reassure world leaders about the fate of the North American free-trade agreement.

Days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi was scorned by Congress for giving hugs to global leaders, he replied back by saying that he is a common man and do not understand laid protocols.

Besides addressing the WEF, Mr Modi will attend a round table dinner organised for interaction with 60 CEOs, including some from India.



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