IAS officer Armstrong Pame Credit: Facebook

Guwahati: Manipur IAS officer Armstrong Pame, who is popularly known as ‘Miracle Man’ for building a 100-km inter-state road without government support, has been invited for the annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland to be held from January 22 to 25 next year.

Pame will become the first native of the state to attend the flagship event of the World Economic Forum (WEF), an invitation-only annual meeting held at the end of January in Davos every year. The meeting brings together chief executive officers from WEF’s 1,000 member companies, as well as selected politicians, representatives from academia, NGOs, religious leaders, and the media in an alpine environment.

In the last edition of the Davos meeting in January this year, representatives from UN, including top officials such as its secretary general, almost all the heads of state from the G-7 nations, biggest developing nations and African nations participated in the conference. The 2018 edition also included a keynote opening address by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

This year, the meeting in Davos will further focus on ‘Globalisation 4.0: Shaping a Global Architecture in the Age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution’, in which over 3,000 world leaders will participate in the event.

“This will be a good opportunity for me to tell the world, not only about my state of Manipur but the entire Northeast India. When I attended the YGL meet at San Francisco last month, people were surprised to know that I am from India. At Davos, I shall try my best to showcase the goodness and potential that our region can offer,” Armstrong said.

“I cannot wait for the time when I will share my breakfast table with top business leaders like Bill Gates and Sheryl Sandberg, among others. I believe this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I look forward to attending it,” he added.

Earlier this year, Pame was announced as a change-maker as part of the Young Global Leaders (YGL) Class of 2018 initiative, in which the brightest 100 from over the world under 40 years of age were selected. As part of the initiative, he recently participated in the YGL conference at San Francisco in the US from October 14 to 18.

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