India proposes to host G20 meet, catapult into the big league



India has proposed to host the G20 meet, seven years after it began to play a proactive role in shaping up global economic policy. The proposal is seen as India’s move to push itself into the big league when it’s economy is more favoured than China, the G20 host this year.

But the Indian proposal has to be approved by members of the group. One of the proposal’s main objective was lure traffic to India in order to create employment and expand tourism opportunities.

Other than the absence of an international convention centre to host state leaders of the 20 largest economies, including the US, Britain, Germany, and China among others, India will have make security arrangements for these leaders, besides making parking arrangements for 19 aircrafts.

The meeting at Antalya in Turkey came days after the Paris terror attacks, which saw a near shutdown of Belek, a tourist destination.

Also, the hosts have to organise many events such as central bank governors and finance ministers meetings in addition to gatherings for trade, energy and labour.

The G20 meet also attracts journalists from across the globe and a delegation of officials. Australia and France who had hosted G20 meetings, decided to organise some of the meetings in other cities; India can adopt this too.

Although Delhi has Vigyan Bhawan as the main convention centre, the other available options are Pragati Maidan or the Greater Noida Expo Centre, but they don’t have the facilities to host a global meet.

In recent times, board of Asian Development Bank had met in Greater Noida. Some of the sessions of the recent India-Africa Summit were held across the city. With Aerocity coming up in the capital, availability of space to host meetings cannot be seen as a problem.