Several foreign leaders to attend Vibrant Gujarat Summit


New Delhi: A host of foreign leaders including Presidents, Prime Ministers and Foreign Ministers of several countries will converge at Gandhi Nagar to attend the eighth edition of four-day-long Vibrant Gujarat summit beginning Tuesday.

Prime Minister of Serbia Aleksandar Vucic, President of Kenya Uhuru Kenyatta, President of Rwanda Paul Kagame, Prime Minister of Portugal Antonio Costa, French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault have already confirmed their participation at the biennial Summit.

The Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit, which started in 2003, is aimed at attracting investment in Gujarat and is considered as an important event which is attended by top Indian industrialists besides representatives from many other countries.

The central focus of the upcoming Summit is ‘Sustainable Economic and Social Development’.

“It will bring together heads of state and government, ministers, leaders from the corporate world, senior policy makers, heads of international institutions and academia from around the world to further the cause of development and to promote cooperation,” said the organisers.

The Kenyan President will be in India on a three-day visit beginning Tuesday during which he will also hold extensive talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi besides attending the Summit at Gandhinagar.

He is expected to meet President Pranab Mukherjee while Vice President Hamid Ansari, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar are likely to call on Kenyatta during his stay here.

Rwanda President Kagame will arrive in Ahmedabad tomorrow and will depart from there Wednesday. He will have a bilateral meeting with Modi in Gandhinagar and will address a select gathering of CEOs of top companies.

Portuguese Prime Minister Costa, who arrived here yesterday on a seven-day visit, will attend the Vibrant Gujarat Summit on its inaugural session.

The Serbian Prime Minister will arrive in Ahmedabad tomorrow and will hold a bilateral meeting with Modi on range of bilateral and regional issues at the Mahatma Mandir Exhibition cum Convention Centre, the venue of the summit.

Vucic will also visit Mumbai during his four day visit.

Israel’s Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel will also attend the Vibrant Gujarat summit. He will arrive tomorrow on a four- day India trip. Israel’s participation in Vibrant Gujarat will also include a country Seminar on doubling farmer’s income via Indo-Israeli agricultural cooperation.

Speaking on the upcoming visit by Minister Uri Ariel, Israel’s Ambassador to India Daniel Carmon said, “India and Israel’s relations today, marking the beginning of the 25th year of our diplomatic relations, are stronger and more visible than ever before.”

“The second visit of the Minister of Agriculture within a year proves that Israel is committed to being India’s technological partner in agriculture, water and every other field of mutual interest,” he said.