Abe to attend Davos economic forum in late Jan.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to attend an annual meeting of the World Economic Forum starting Jan. 22 in the Swiss resort village of Davos, a government official said Monday.

Abe will explain his economic policies dubbed "Abenomics" and Japan's growth strategies in front of political and business leaders of the world, according to the official.

The government and the Liberal Democratic Party-led ruling bloc are considering convening the regular parliamentary session on Jan. 24. Abe's schedule is expected to be tight if he attends the forum, with plans to visit Africa and India also scheduled for January.

But Abe has a strong desire to attend the forum, according to the official.

In January this year, economic and fiscal policy minister Akira Amari attended the Davos forum on behalf of Abe as the prime minister needed to focus on an early passage of a large-scale extra budget for the fiscal year ended in March.

When Abe met with World Economic Forum Executive Chairman Klaus Schwab in Tokyo last month, he expressed his intention to attend the upcoming forum if the parliamentary schedule allows.