New Delhi: Bharti Group Chief Sunil Mittal has received an invitation from French President Nicolas Sarkozy for the first-ever meet on Internet to be held under the purview of Group of Eight (G-8) industrialised nations later this month in France.

"In my current capacity as President of the G-8, I would like to place the issue of the Internet on the agenda of the summit of Heads of State and Government that will be held in Deauville on 26-27 May, 2011.

"Given the major role you and the company you lead (Bharti group) play in the field of information technology, I would be honoured if you could attend this unprecedented conference," Sarkozy said in a letter to Mittal.

Mittal is the Founder Chairman and Group CEO of over USD 13 billion Bharti Enterprises, one of India's leading business groups with interests in telecom, retail, financial services, realty and agri-products.

Bharti Group, offers a variety of telecom services -- mobile, basic, Internet, long distance -- has risen to a global player with acquisition of Zain Telecom's operations in Africa last year, making it the world's fifth largest telecom company.

The core G-8 participants include France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, Canada, United States and England.

Traditionally, the host country of the G-8 summit sets the agenda for negotiations, which take place primarily amongst multinational civil servants in the weeks before the summit, leading to a joint declaration which all countries can agree to sign.

Participants in the e-G8 Forum will be able to exchange ideas about cutting edge products and services. They will also be able to discuss the challenges and opportunities which they believe relevant to future of the Internet, offering their opinions on a wide range of issues, including, for example, human rights, intellectual property and technological investment.

Bharti has joint ventures with several global leaders like Singtel, Wal-Mart, AXA and Del Monte.

Earlier, Mittal was recognised with the Padma Bhushan, one of India’s highest civilian awards. He had also been conferred the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Award for 2009.

He is a member of the Prime Minister's Council on Trade and Industry and serves on its sub-committee on promoting financial inclusion. He served as the President of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), the premier industry body in India during (2007-08).