Some 1,800 journalists are foreigners, and adequate arrangements are being made to facilitate the work of the accredited media and information representatives, both national and international, in words of Secretary of Information and Broadcasting Apurva Chandra at the seventh meeting of the Coordination Committee of the G20 Presidency. Chandra also announced the creation of a media center and other details about the Summit, which will be held at the Pragati Maidan Convention Center in New Delhi.
The Committee reviewed the preparations for the Summit, both in material and logistical aspects, in order to guarantee its success, the Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement, and inspected the progress and results in finances and sherpas, that is, the officials who will attend on behalf of the government.
There were also debates on the priorities of the Indian G20 presidency, such as green development, acceleration of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), strong, balanced and inclusive growth, digital public infrastructure, gender equality and the reform of multilateral institutions.
Sherpa Amitabh Kant noted that 185 meetings have been held so far, including 13 at the ministerial level, with venues in almost all Indian states and territories. In addition, 12 final documents have been approved and 12 others are ready to be delivered to high-level representatives.
Government and security representatives from New Delhi, including the Commissioner of the New Delhi Police, discussed the steps to welcome the visiting dignitaries, plans for traffic management, airport and security arrangements, and the beautification campaign under way in the capital.
Pramod Kumar Mishra, Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister of India, highlighted the progress made in the organization of the Summit, and instructed all those concerned to complete all arrangements in the coming days so that rehearsals can begin.