Days before India formally takes over chairship of the 20-nation grouping, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has underlined that G20 presidency is a huge opportunity for focusing on global good.
“For India, it is a huge opportunity. India must utilise opportunity of G20 leadership by focusing on global good and welfare,” PM Modi said in his latest radio address entitled, “Mann Ki Baat.” India will assume the presidentship of the influential grouping G20 on December 1, 2022. PM Modi stressed that that India is capable of providing solutions to the varied challenges being faced globally. “Be it peace or unity, sensitivity towards environment or sustainable development, India has solution to challenges related to all such things,” he said.
Highlighting the people-centric nature of India’s G20 presidency, PM Modi cited an example of Veldi Hariprasad Garu who hails from Rajanna Sircilla district of Telangana who sent him a gift of a self-woven logo of G20.
“A weaver from Rajanna Sircilla district of Telangana Veldi Hariprasad Garu has sent me a self-woven logo of G20. I was surprised to see this amazing gift. He has such mastery over his skills that it attracts everyone. He also sent me a letter. He says that hosting the G20 Summit next year is a matter of immense pride for India. To celebrate this achievement, he made this logo. He inherited this talent from his father,” he said.
“Today, many people like Hariprasad Garu have sent letters to me saying that their hearts have swelled with pride at the country hosting such a big summit. They have highly appreciated India’s pro-active efforts regarding G-20,” PM Modi added.
The G20 comprises Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, the UK, the US and the European Union.
At the end of the G20 summit in Bali on November 16, Indonesian President Joko Widodo had symbolically handed over the G20 presidency to PM Modi. “India is taking charge of the G-20 at a time when the world is simultaneously grappling with geopolitical tensions, economic slowdown, rising food and energy prices, and the long-term ill-effects of the pandemic,” he said at the closing session of the summit. “At such a time, the world is looking at the G-20 with hope. Today, I want to assure that India’s G-20 presidency will be inclusive, ambitious, decisive, and action-oriented.”
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