In a major development, Jammu and Kashmir will host the 2023 meetings of the G-20, an influential group bringing together the world’s major economies, with the Union Territory government establishing a five-member high-level committee on Thursday for overall coordination.
This will be the first major international summit to be held in Jammu and Kashmir after the former state’s special status, guaranteed under Article 370 of the Constitution, was revoked and it was divided into two union territories in August 2019.
In September last year, the Union’s Minister of Trade and Industry, Piyush Goyal, was appointed Indian Sherpa to the G20. The foreign ministry had said India will hold the G20 presidency from December 1, 2022, and convene the G20 leaders’ summit for the first time in 2023.
Under an official order issued here Thursday, the chief secretary of the Union Territory’s housing and urban development division will chair the committee formed following a June 4 communication from the State Department.
“This sanctions 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 Manoj Kumar Dwivedi, chief secretary of the General Administration Department. The members of the committee include commissioner secretary (Transport), administrative secretary (Tourism), administrative secretary (Hospitality and Protocol) and administrative secretary (Culture).
“Furthermore, the Chief Secretary of the Department of Government, Housing and Urban Development is also nominated as a UT-level focal point officer to coordinate arrangements for G-20 meetings in the Union Territory of J&K,” the order said.
Prime Minister Modi has led India’s representation at the 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 (past, current and new G20 Presidencies) from December 1, 2021 to November 30, 2024.
According to the MEA, the G20 will bring together 19 of the world’s leading economies and the European Union, whose members account for more than 80 percent of global GDP, 75 percent of world trade and 60 percent of the world’s population.
The G20 member countries are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States.
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