Sherpas from G20 nations have gathered in China to hold deliberations on setting the agenda for the G20 meeting to be held in September. Niti Aayog Vice Chairman Arvind Panagariya is India’s Sherpa for the forum and he is attending the three-day long meeting at Guanghzou in China, a source said.
The meet will see discussions on a host of issues related to trade and commerce including crucial aspects of the global economy such as the 2030 agenda for sustainable development as well as support for industralisation in Africa and the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), the source added.
Also issues like the growth of digital economy and the new industrial revolution will be taken up at the meeting.
China is the Chair of the G20, which is a grouping of the developed and developing nations, and deliberates on important issues concerning the world. The Hangzhou Summit in 2016 will be held on 4-5 September with a theme on ‘Towards an Innovative, Invigorated, Interconnected and Inclusive World Economy’.
In January, Pangariya in an interview to PTI had said that India will push for poverty alleviation and sustainable development besides trade and investment at the G20 forum.
India is pushing for sustainable development as well as countries uniting for the elimination of poverty by 2030.
Another issue that is expected to be intensely debated at the agenda-setting meeting is that of clean energy.
The US has been arguing that India should commit to a specific date by which it will end fossil fuel subsidies, but India has so far not committed to a deadline.