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PM Modi’s Bali Visit Will Prepare India As Host For G20 In 2023: Foreign Secy

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By: Urvashi Khona | NEW DELHI
Updated: November 13, 2022 20:09
Arindam Bagchi, Official Spokesperson, Ministry of External Affairs, and Vinay Mohan Kwatra, Foreign Secretary
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Prime minister Narendra Modi will have a hectic schedule as he embarks on a three-day visit to the Indonesian city of Bali for the 17th G-20 Summit.

PM Modi is expected to attend three sessions that are part of the Bali Summit. He is also expected to hold bilateral meetings with leaders of various countries.

“PM Modi will be visiting Bali tomorrow to attend the G-20 Summit. The Summit is likely to be attended by the leaders of G20 member countries, guest countries and international organisations,” Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra said on Sunday.

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As India is getting ready for the G-20 presidency, Kwatra said, “This G-20 Summit is particularly special because India will hold the presidency of the G-20 Summit from December 1, 2022, for one year.”

“The presidency handover will take place during the Summit in Bali. The Prime Minister would receive the G-20 Presidency from President of Indonesia Joko Widodo at the closing session of the Bali Summit,” he said.

“India will host the next G-20 Summit in September 2023. The dates of which have already been announced. PM Modi will also invite the G-20 leaders to India’s G-20 Summit,” he added.

Giving details of the PM schedule at the Summit, Kwatra said, “During the Summit, PM Modi and other G-20 leaders will deliberate extensively upon key issues of contemporary relevance, including the state of the global economy, issues relating to energy, environment, agriculture, health and digital transformation etc.”

“As per the current program, the Bali Summit comprises three working sessions at the leader’s level where the PM will be participating. These include the sessions on food and energy security, a session on digital transformation, and a session on health,” he said.

Speaking about bilateral meetings with world leaders, Kwatra said, “PM will also have bilateral interactions with the G-20 leaders to brief them of course on India’s evolving G-20 priorities as also to review key elements of bilateral engagement with these world leaders.”

“India’s G-20 Presidency hopes to provide new strength, direction and perspective to G-20 discussions on diverse subjects which include green development, lifestyle for environment, digital transformation, inclusive and resilient growth, women-led development and more importantly, a greater voice for the global south in issues of international economic cooperation as also on the need for reformed 21st-century institutions,” he said.

“During our G-20 Presidency India, Indonesia and Brazil would be the Troika. This would be the first time in G-20 that the Troika would consist of three developing countries and emerging economies,” Kwatra said.

Troika, in G-20, refers to the top grouping within the organisation that consists of the current, previous and incoming presidencies – India, Indonesia and Brazil.

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