New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the appointment of Amitabh Kant as India’s Sherpa for the G20, a group representing the world’s largest economies. Kant will replace Union Minister Piyush Goyal, who was the Sherpa of India.
Retired IAS officer Kant recently stepped down as the CEO of NITI Aayog and will be the PM’s envoy and principal policy negotiator on the platform.
His appointment comes ahead of a crucial meeting in Indonesia next week to lay the groundwork for the leaders’ summit at the end of the year. He will play a key role in setting the agenda for the post of President of India next year.
Kant was NITI Aayog CEO for almost six year and completed his extended term last month. India has been a member of the G20 since its inception in 1999. The country will be hosting the G20 Summit from December 1, 2022 and will convene the G20 Leaders’ Summit in 2023 for the first time.
India is also be part of the G20 Troika – which is formed by the preceding, current, and incoming G20 Presidencies – ending November 30, 2024. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been leading India’s representation at G20 Summits since he took the office in 2014.