SRINAGAR’S G-20 MEET SET TO RING GOOD TIDINGS

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Srinagar’s G-20 meet set to bring good tidings

Thanks to the upcoming Srinagar summit as a run-up to the final G-20 summit in September 2023, the UT is getting some huge investment towards bettering digital connectivity, employment, business and the overall economy in the Valley.

INDIA assumed presidency of the G-20 from Indonesia on December 1, 2022 for one year, till November 30, 2023. Since then, sideline conferences, workshops and symposiums are
being hosted, covering a wide range of issues for mutual benefit of the member countries. Economy, ecology, healthcare, education, IT and a whole gamut of issues are being
discussed in representative meetings and MoUs are being reached in each meeting. It is expected that these sideline meetings of the representatives of G-20 countries could help in
making progress on the issues being discussed. Srinagar, the capital city of UT Jammu &Kashmir is also set to host a couple of sideline summits across May 21-May 23, 2023
at SKICC. The final summit is scheduled to be held in September this year and heads of all the G-20 countries are expected to participate.

In the runup to the final summit, preliminary meetings on a host of issues are being held in many parts of the country. Significantly, the Srinagar summit too would be a major exercise in the run-up to the final summit. More than 150 delegates of G-20 countries are expected to participate in this one. The delegates mostly comprise diplomats and senior
officials from foreign ministries of the G-20 countries. This signifies that the Srinagar summit would actually set the discourse for the final G-20 summit. This, according to diplomats’ sources, is expected to be a very important and a crucial meeting which would hold the key for the final summit. The UT administration has started its preparations for hosting the summit. A comprehensive security plan has been worked out to facilitate a smooth and a hassle-free three-day summit. The face-lifting of the Boulevard and Gupkar Road is also being taken up. The delegates, it is believed, would also engage in sideline meetings with various sections of the Kashmir society including academicians, trade bodies and other civil society groups. LG Manoj Sinha launched 5G Jio services ahead of the summit, earlier this week. Jio has made an investment of Rs 6,529 crore in the UT to give a fillip to the vision of a digital J&K and has created 36,000 direct & indirect employments. An investment of more than Rs. 1,230 crore is in progress and by the end of December 2023, it will connect every block tehsil  of J&K. It is expected that the much-awaited investment will get a fillip in the coming weeks which could further be hugely beneficial for the people of the Valley.

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