Russian Federation to focus on technology agenda at Davos Forum - economy minister

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Trump is scheduled to travel next week for the first participation by a U.S. president to this meeting of world economic leaders in almost two decades. "The financial component of the Davos Forum is not of much importance for Russian Federation now". Prime Minister Modi is expected to have other bilaterals and pull aside meetings including with global CEOs.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and French President Emmanuel Macron are on the long list of world and business leaders also attending.

The forum will take place at the Swiss ski resort from Tuesday to Friday next week, and will be attended by politicians and leaders in the business world.

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WEF 2018 will also see the largest ever proportion of women leaders including all co-chairs being women this time. The CEOs of Airbus, Hitachi, BAE Systems and IBM are among the ones who have already confirmed their attendance.

Ammann will also meet India's Trade and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu and will host the traditional informal WTO ministerial meeting on the sidelines of the WEF summit. He will deliver the opening plenary address on 23rd of January.

Concerns remain about Europe's ability to shape the fourth industrial revolution for the benefit of all and to fully leverage its innovation potential, say the papers. Besides, 38 heads of major worldwide organisations such as the WTO, the IMF and the World Bank, as also almost 2,000 CEOs will be present.

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The theme of the WEF Annual Meeting this year is "Creating a shared future in a fractured world".

The meeting will also see the largest ever proportion of women leaders (21 per cent), with all co-chairs being women this time, including social entrepreneur Chetna Sinha from India and International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde.

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