Governor Gina Raimondo plans to attend the World Economic Forum's annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, next week as part of her effort to promote Rhode Island while attempting to attract new jobs.
"The governor will participate in a range of policy discussions and meetings with several leading domestic and international business executives to promote Rhode Island as a place fostering innovation and economic opportunity," spokeswoman Marie Aberger said in a statement Wednesday. "The governor will be traveling from January 20-23."
More than 40 heads of state, and 2,500 business and society leaders are expected at the World Economic Forum's 46th annual meeting.
The theme of the gathering is "mastering the fourth industrial revolution." "Critical current challenges, such as security, climate change and 'new normal' global growth and commodity prices, are among the issues on the agenda," according to the web site for the forum.
Raimondo is among a select crowd attending the Davos get-together.
The US delegation will be led by Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill. Foreign leaders expected to attend include UK Prime Minister David Cameron; German President Joachim Gauck; Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau; and many others.
Aberger said the cost of the governor's trip -- about $7,000 -- will be paid by the URI Foundation, "fitting with its objective to support initiatives to attract talent to Rhode Island and connect to new opportunities to strengthen our state and University." She will be accompanied by one of her senior aides, Matt Bucci.
The forum describes itself as an organization "established in 1971 as a not-for-profit foundation and is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. It is independent, impartial and not tied to any special interests. The Forum strives in all its efforts to demonstrate entrepreneurship in the global public interest while upholding the highest standards of governance. Moral and intellectual integrity is at the heart of everything it does."
Raimondo's participation in the Swiss conference means that the presentation of her second budget will be pushed back from next week. The governor's office has informed legislative leaders that the budget address will take place at 7 pm on Tuesday, February 2.
This post has been updated.