Ahmedabad: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is on a 3-day visit to Gujarat, will inaugurate the 9th edition of Vibrant Gujarat Summit in Gandhinagar on Friday. The event is slated to be held from January 18 to 20.

The Prime Minister will inaugurate the Summit in the morning. It will be attended by the heads of five countries and over 30,000 national and international delegates, including CEOs of major companies from India and abroad. Later in the afternoon, he will have one-to-one meetings with some of them.

Indian business tycoons including Mukesh Ambani, Uday Kotak, Kumar Mangalam Birla, Gautam Adani, Adi Godrej and Pankaj Patel are expected to attend the event. CEOs and top executives of global companies like BASF, DP World, Suzuki, Vanguard and Maersk would also be present.

In the evening, PM Modi will take part in a ’round table interaction’ with the heads of global sovereign wealth funds, pension funds and institutional investors. This will be followed by a dinner with VVIP guests.

Earlier on Thursday, the PM arrived landed in Ahmedabad. Upon his arrival, he inaugurated the ‘Vibrant Gujarat Global Trade Show’, an integral part of the biennial investor summit. In the evening, he inaugurated a 1,500-bed hospital in the premises of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Institute of Medical Sciences and Research in the city. The PM also inaugurated a shopping festival on the Sabarmati Riverfront.

Addressing the gathering, after inaugurating the Ahmedabad Shopping Festival, a first-of-its-kind initiative in the country, he said that the BJP-led Centre government has helped create “crores of employment opportunities” across sectors in the past four-and-a-half years.

His remarks assume significance as they come after the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy, an independent think tank, recently estimated that 11 million jobs in the country were lost in 2018, with the rural sector being the worst hit.

“Be it tourism, manufacturing or the services sector, crores of employment opportunities have been created in the last four-and-a-half years,” he said.

The Prime Minister’s visit to Gujarat will end at Surat and Silvassa on January 19. In Surat, PM Modi “will visit Hazira in Surat on January 19 to mark the setting up of the Hazira Gun Factory”, a PIB release said on Wednesday. From Hazira, he will go to Silvassa “to inaugurate as well as to lay foundation stone for various projects”, the release added.