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Selfie moment for G-20 delegates at Banaras ghats

The meeting of G-20 Framework Working Group (FWG) began here on Tuesday.

lucknow Updated: Mar 29, 2017 12:54 IST
Sudhir Kumar 
G-20 delegates enjoying taking selfies on Ghats in Varanasi.
G-20 delegates enjoying taking selfies on Ghats in Varanasi.(HT Photo)

After discussing challenges facing global economy, 100 delegates from G-20 member and invitee countries witnessed the world-famous Ganga aarti and had some selfie moments at the Varanasi ghats.

The meeting of G-20 Framework Working Group (FWG) began here on Tuesday.

As the delegates got off their vehicles and walked on the stairs of Bhainsasur Ghat, many of them clicked selfies with the ghats of Banaras in the background. Their ‘selfie drive’ continued even after they sat on three beautiful boats in the Ganga at Bhainsasur Ghat.

Watching the picturesque view from the boats, the members reached Dashashwamedh Ghat.

The district administration, in association with UP tourism department, had made special arrangements to welcome the delegates.

The members witnessed ‘Ganga aarti’ from the boats. Deputy secretary, union ministry of finance, Jayant Narlikar accompanied the delegates.

G-20 members witnessing ‘Ganga aarti’ from the boats in Varanasi. (HT Photo)

A delegate, who did not disclose his name, told HT, “We discussed challenges before the world economy and what could be the best possible ways to counter the problems. Another issue which was discussed prominently is inclusive growth.”

“The delegates expressed concern over unemployment and laid emphasis on employment generations. The possible ramifications of unemployment were also discussed,” he said.

FWG is one of the core groups of G-20, which is a group of 19 nations and the European Union that deliberates on global economic issues and other key developmental challenges.

The meeting, under the G-20 German presidency, is being co-hosted by the department of economic affairs, finance ministry, and the Reserve Bank of India.

The first two meetings under the German presidency were held in Berlin in December 2016 and Riyadh in February 2017.

Representatives from G-20 members and invitee countries as well as international organisations are attending the meeting.

Germany tops the chart with seven delegates attending the meet. Six delegates from China, five from Canada, four each from Indonesia and South Korea will also attend the meet. Other members and invitees have sent one or two delegates each.

India and Canada have been co-chairing this group and the chief economic advisor of India holds the responsibility of the Indian co-chair.

The meet will conclude on Wednesday.

Since the inception of FWG in 2009, this is the fourth occasion when India is hosting the meet. In the past, India has hosted the G20 FWG meeting in Neemrana (2012 under G20 FWG Mexican presidency), Goa (in 2014 under G20 Australian presidency) and in Kerala (2015 under G20 Turkish presidency).

The G-20 members include India, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States and the European Union (EU).