Mr Chandrababu Naidu is well known to the world leaders first as a futuristic visionary. Politics come next. This fact has been put forth when the World Economic Forum had agreed to evaluate the State’s Global Competitiveness Index earlier last year. Andhra Pradesh is the only ‘state’ that is being evaluated on this index, alongside other countries in the world. Mr Naidu is the only Chief Minister of a State to have been invited to the prestigious World Economic Forum this year.
Now, the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister will be leading a State delegation to the World Economic Forum’s 46th annual meeting to be held during January 20 to 23 in Davos, Switzerland. This will be the first time that the CM and his team will be attending an international forum after a striking success at the CII Partnership summit. Garnering 4 lakh Crore plus investment deals in the summit, the state as such is raring to go places with a splendid forefront.
The WEF meet at Davos is yet another effort at building the Brand AP.
Several heads of the state and CEOs will take part in the forum along with Mr Naidu, with a single minded focus to garner global investments into Andhra Pradesh. ‘Make Andhra Pradesh Your Business’ is the new Mantra now trending in Davos, thanks to a special bus set by the state govt that is circling the streets. With Amaravati on one side and Vizag on the other, the bus at Davos is already a show stopper.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Reserve Bank Governor Raghuram Rajan, are among the dignitaries invited from India to attend the Summit.
For the WEF event on the “Mastering the Fourth Industrial Revolution,” Mr Naidu will honor the proceedings as a special guest and attend the session along with ministers of other countries and CEOs.
The Fourth Industrial Revolution refers to the fusion of technologies across physical, digital and biological worlds, creating entirely new capabilities having radical impact on political, social and economic systems.
During the Davos summit, the Chief Minister will hold meetings with industrialists, businessmen and experts from various fields. The list includes delegates from Nestlé, Johnson Controls, Trina Solar, Siemens, McKinsey, Lockheed Martin, Airbus, among others.