Earlier this month, a G20 representative held a preliminary meeting with state government officials to discuss possibilities for Gujarat to host key G20 events during India’s chairmanship of the global forum.
Senior state administration officials led by Chief Secretary Pankaj Kumar also met with officials from the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) where the Gujarat team was briefed on the role of the Indian government in organizing of key events of the G20 (Group of Twenty) of December 1st. 2022, to 30 November 2023, under India’s chairmanship of the forum for one year.
Following the meeting, the SC directed that a team of senior state government officials be put in place to coordinate between the MEA and the G20 Secretariat to organize key G20 meetings at the Gujarat.
A key source said: “The state may have the chance to host key G20 meetings like the leaders’ conference or the ministerial level conference. The state government has appointed the Department of Industries and Mines as a nodal agency to coordinate with the G20 Secretariat and the MEA for all G20 related events.”
Sources added that officials who have extensive experience in organizing the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit (VGGS) will be appointed as coordinators and nodal officers. “In the coming days, based on guidance from the MEA and the G20 Secretariat, we will further appoint teams who will review all aspects, including logistics, of the organization of G20 events,” officials said. sources.
India holds the presidency of the G20 global forum from December 1, 2022 to November 30, 2023. The G20 comprises the world’s major developed and developing economies, accounting for 85% of global GDP and 75% of international trade, making it the premier forum for international economic cooperation.
On December 1, 2021, India joined the G20 Troika consisting of Indonesia, Italy and India – the current, previous and incoming G20 Chairs, respectively. As a member of the troika, India is working closely with Indonesia and Italy to ensure coherence and further strengthen the G20 agenda. G20 members are: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States and European Union
As the premier forum for international economic cooperation, the G20 plays an important role in shaping and strengthening the global architecture and governance on all major international economic issues, reflecting the recognition that global prosperity is interdependent and that our economic opportunities and challenges are linked. The G20 countries have come together to better prepare for the future. As a founding member of the G20, India has consistently contributed to its discussions on issues of global importance, including those that impact the world’s most vulnerable.