Who: Arvind Panagariya
What: Appointed as Sherpa for G-20 Summit
When: 24 September 2015
The Union Government on 24 September 2015 decided to appoint Arvind Panagariya, Vice President of NITI Aayog, as the Sherpa for the 2015 G-20 Summit. The Summit will take place in Antalya, Turkey in November 2015.
Sherpa is a senior official responsible for preparing the agenda for leaders to consider during the summit.
Panagariya will be replacing Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu who was appointed Sherpa for the G-20 Summit in 2014.
Earlier, the Deputy Chairman of the erstwhile Planning Commission used to be the Prime Minister’s Sherpa for G-20 talks.
About Arvind Panagariya
Arvind Panagariya is an Indian-American economist and Professor of Economics at Columbia University. He also served as the Chief Economist of the Asian Development Bank. He has also worked for the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, World Trade Organisation, and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in various capacities.
What is G-20?
The Group of Twenty (G-20) was founded in 1999. It is an international forum for the government and central bank governors from 20 major economies. The forum focuses on promoting high-level discussion of policy issues related to the promotion of international financial permanence.