ISLAMABAD – Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif left for Switzerland to attend World Economic Forum’s annual meeting on Sunday.

PM Nawaz Sharif will represent Pakistan at the four-day meeting which will take up matters related to global economy. WEF Executive Chairman Professor Klaus Schwab has extended the invitation to the premier.

PM Nawaz Sharif will lead the Pakistani delegation to the meeting, which will be chaired jointly by Brian T. Moynihan of the Bank of America, award-winning documentary maker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Frans van Houten and Meg Whitman.

Former chief of army staff General (retd) Raheel Sharif will be speaking at the annual meeting.

The former army chief will discuss security issues reshaping global agenda and highlight developing opportunities in South Asia under the $55 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project.

This is the first time that a former army chief of Pakistan has been invited to speak at the WEF. Earlier, Gen. (r) Pervez Musharraf addressed the forum, but in his capacity as the head of a state.

Former army chief is also expected to highlight Pakistan Army’s counterinsurgency operations and improved security environment in the country as well as in the region.

The summit will be attended by several world leaders, politicians, leading businesspersons, social workers and media personalities.