New Delhi, September 8
Piyush Goyal, Minister for Commerce and industry, Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, and Textiles, has been appointed as India’s Sherpa for the G20.
G20 is a major international grouping that brings together 19 of the world’s major economies and the European Union, with its members accounting for more than 80 per cent of global GDP, 75 per cent of global trade and 60 per cent of global population.
A sherpa is the personal representative of a head of state or government who prepares an international summit, particularly the annual G7 and G20 summits. Between the summits there are multiple sherpa conferences where possible agreements are laid out.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been leading India’s representation at G20 Summits since 2014.
The next G20 Summit is scheduled for October 30 and 31, 2021 under the Italian Presidency.
India has been a member of the G20 since its inception in 1999.
India will be holding the G20 Presidency from December 1, 2022 and will convene the G20 Leaders’ Summit in 2023 for the first time.
India will be part of the G20 Troika (preceding, current, and incoming G20 Presidencies) from December 1, 2021 till November 30, 2024.