GANDHINAGAR: The eighth edition of the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit 2017 will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi today at Gandhinagar. Increasing its reach and span, the four-day business meet this year is likely to be the biggest ever summit, which was conceived and launched by Shri Narendra Modi in 2003 when he was the Gujarat Chief Minister. Apart from industry captains, the summit will also host Nobel laureates along with several Heads of States for the first time.
The PM will hold a dialogue with Heads of 35 International and 23 Indian companies at the Global CEO Roundtable on ‘Transforming India’ at Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar on the inaugural day.
“The roundtable aims to dig and brainstorm industry’s expectations to make India an ideal investment destination,” PK Taneja, Additional Chief Secretary (Industries and Mines), said.
John Chambers, Chairperson of Global Technology Giant Cisco; Bertrand-Marc Allen, President of Boeing International; and Jean-Bernard Levy, CEO of French Electricity Giant EDF, have already confirmed their participation in a special meeting with the PM.
Besides, Presidents of Kenya and Rwanda, Prime Ministers of Portugal and Serbia, and Deputy Prime Ministers of Russia and Poland will be among the dignitaries at the inaugural ceremony.
It will also see the participation of delegations from the United Kingdom, Canada, Japan, Sweden and France, among others.
A Nobel Prize Series Exhibition – wherein Nobel-winning scientists will interact with students, scientists, industry leaders and policy makers – is being seen as one of the high points of the summit that has, so far, been projected as a platform for meeting of business minds.
The five-week exhibition will be opened by Narendra Modi on January 10 at Science City in Ahmedabad. Among the scientists is Indian-origin Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, who shared the Nobel Prize in chemistry in 2009 with Thomas A Steitz and Ada Yonath.
“This will be the first time that Nobel Prize winners in such a big number from across the world will hold a session in the Country,” Chief Secretary JN Singh said.
The Nobel winners will take part in ‘Nobel Laureate Dialogue’ at Mahatma Mandir on January 10, Secretary of Department of Science and Technology Dhananjay Dwivedi said.
“On January 11, these Nobel laureates will interact with students at various educational institutes such as IIT Gandhinagar, Gujarat University and MS University in Vadodara,” he added.