Jammu and Kashmir to host G-20 summit next year


A high-level coordination panel consisting of 5 members has been set up ahead of the G-20 summit in Jammu-Kashmir. (Case)


In a major development, Jammu and Kashmir will host the 2023 meetings of the G-20, an influential grouping that brings together the world’s major economies, with the Union Territory government setting up a high-level committee on Thursday. five members for overall coordination.

It will be the first major international summit to be held in Jammu and Kashmir after the former state’s special status was withdrawn under Article 370 of the Constitution and split into two Union Territories in August 2019.

In September last year, Trade and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal was appointed Indian Sherpa for the G20. The External Affairs Ministry had said that India would hold the G20 Presidency from December 1, 2022 and convene the G20 Leaders’ Summit in 2023 for the first time.

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According to an official order published here on Thursday, the Principal Secretary of the Union Territory’s Department of Housing and Urban Development will be the chairman of the committee which was formed in response to a June 4 communication from the Department of External Affairs.

“Sanction is hereby granted for the establishment of a committee…for the overall coordination of the G-20 meetings to be held in the Union Territory of J&K,” said the order issued by the Principal Secretary. from the General Administration Department, Manoj Kumar Dwivedi. The members of the committee include the secretary commissioner (transport), the administrative secretary (tourism), the administrative secretary (reception and protocol) and the administrative secretary (culture).

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“In addition, the Principal Secretary of the Department of Government, Housing, and Urban Development is also appointed as the UT-level nodal officer to coordinate preparations for G-20 meetings in J&K’s Union Territory,” indicates the order.

Prime Minister Modi has led India’s representation at G20 summits since 2014. India has been a member of the G20 since its inception in 1999.

According to the MEA, India will be part of the G20 troika (previous, current and incoming G20 presidencies) from December 1, 2021 to November 30, 2024.

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The G20 brings together 19 of the world’s major economies and the European Union, its members representing more than 80% of global GDP, 75% of global trade and 60% of the world’s population, according to the MEA.

G20 member countries are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia , Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, United Kingdom and United States.

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