• A coordinated approach to regulating crypto assets, managing debt vulnerabilities and reorienting global financial institutions have been identified as critical focus areas of the Finance Track agenda for India’s G-20 Presidency, which will kick off with the first meeting of G-20 finance and central bank deputies in Bengaluru on Tuesday.
  • Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Shaktikanta Das will steer the overall Finance Track during India’s G-20 Presidency, with the first meeting of Finance Ministers and central bank Governors of member countries also scheduled to be held in the Karnataka capital from February 23 to 25.
  • Nearly 40 meetings have been planned under the Finance Track all over the country, with various working groups and four Minister-level meetings that “will endeavour to add significant value to the global economic discourse”, officials said.

Combined effort

  • A globally coordinated approach to unbacked crypto assets, advancing the international taxation agenda, managing global debt vulnerabilities, advancing financial inclusion and productivity gains, financing for climate action and sustainable development goals, and financing “cities of tomorrow” are some of the key issues identified for focussed discussions during these G-20 meetings.
  • This week’s parleys will be co-chaired by Ajay Seth, Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, and Michael D. Patra, Deputy Governor of the RBI.
  • Their counterparts from G-20 member countries, and from several other countries and international organisations invited by India, will participate in the two-day meeting.
  • “The Finance Ministry, after extended consultations, has curated a robust agenda which will ultimately feed into the G-20 leaders’ declaration when Prime Minister Narendra Modi hosts the summit next year.
  • We have imbibed the PM Modi’s idea in his address at the Bali G-20 summit that ‘the need today is that benefits of development are universal and all-inclusive’ in the G-20 Finance Track agenda,” Mr. Seth said on Sunday.
  • “We are hopeful the Finance Track will lead to sustainable and inclusive growth for all and bring more resilience to the global economy,” he said.


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