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PM Modi leaves for pivotal G20 summit in Bali, bilateral meets too on cards

PM issues statement ahead of his departure to Bali for the G20 summit (Pic. Courtesy Twitter/@DDNewslive)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has departed for Bali to participate in the G-20 summit—an event that will end with India taking over the Presidency of the grouping for the coming year.

In his departure statement, PM Modi said  that in a significant moment for our country and citizens, President of Indonesia Joko Widodo will hand over the G20 Presidency to India at the closing ceremony of the Bali Summit. “India will officially assume the G20 Presidency from 1st December 2022. I will also extend my personal invitation to G20 Members and other invitees to our G20 Summit next year,” he observed.

The Prime Minister pointed out that during the Bali Summit,  he would have  extensive discussions with other G20 leaders on key issues of global concern, such as reviving global growth, food and energy security, environment, health, and digital transformation. Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra said earlier that PM Modi will be attending three crucial working sessions on food and energy security, digital transformation and health during his three-day stay in Indonesia.

PM Modi added that on the sidelines of the G20 Summit, he would  meet leaders of several other participating countries, and review the progress in India’s bilateral relations with them.

The Prime Minister is expected to meet British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and the French President Emanuel Macron, among others on the sidelines of the summit.

“During my interactions at the G20 Summit, I will highlight India’s achievements, and our unwavering commitment to collectively address global challenges,” said the statement.

Referring to India’s G20 Presidency, the Prime Minister said it  will be grounded in the theme “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam” or “One Earth One Family One Future”, which underlines the message of equitable growth and shared future for all.

The Prime Minister’s visit to Bali is a pivotal moment, signifying the rise of India on the global stage.

Once it assumes the presidency, the rise of a New India, which is ready to exercise leadership in a multipolar world will be showcased. The G-20 Presidency will symbolise India’s entry into “Amritkaal”—a golden period that will last 25 years to yield a fully developed India.

“For India, the G20 Presidency also marks the beginning of ‘Amritkaal,’ the 25-year period beginning from the 75th anniversary of its independence on 15 August 2022, leading up to the centenary of its independence, towards a futuristic, prosperous, inclusive and developed society, distinguished by a human-centric approach at its core, “ said a government statement.

The year-long presidency, with its numerous sectoral meetings that will be held across the length and breadth of India, have been carefully chosen to spotlight India’s prominence as a civilizational state. The events will therefore also be threaded with the subtext of the Modi administration’s vision of the revival of India’s ancient civilization, which is ready to show the way in tacklinghumanity’s major challenges, including Climate Change and military conflicts.

India’s vision in imparting fresh direction to the G20 is glaring in the Logo that has been designed for the occasion. The G20 Logo draws inspiration from the vibrant colours of India’s national flag – saffron, white and green, but includes blue as well. It juxtaposes planet Earth with the lotus, India’s national flower that reflects growth amid challenges. The Earth reflects India’s pro-planet approach to life, one that is in perfect harmony with nature. Below the G20 logo is “Bharat”, written in the Devanagari script, which demonstrates India’s unique linguistic tradition embedded in antiquity.

The theme also spotlights LiFE (Lifestyle for Environment), with its associated, environmentally sustainable and responsible choices, both at the level of individual lifestyles as well as national development, leading to globally transformative actions resulting in a cleaner, greener and bluer future.

The logo and the theme together convey a powerful message of India’s G20 Presidency, which is of striving for just and equitable growth for all in the world, as we navigate through these turbulent times, in a sustainable, holistic, responsible, and inclusive manner. They represent a uniquely Indian approach to our G20 Presidency, of living in harmony with the surrounding ecosystem, a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) had earlier said.

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