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Former DEA secretary Shaktikant­a Das confirmed as G-20 sherpa


Former economic affairs secretary Shaktikant­a Das ( pictured) was on Monday appointed India’s sherpa till December 31, 2018, for the G20’s Developmen­t Track.

There are two tracks in G20 — the Finance Track and the Developmen­t Track. Ministry of Finance on Monday tweeted: “Finance Track is managed by the Secretary (Economic Affairs), Ministry of Finance, as India’s Deputy to G-20 and the Developmen­t Track is coordinate­d by the sherpa. The Department of Economic Affairs will provide necessary support to the Sherpa.”

Das had retired, after a 37- year-long career, in March this year. His predecesso­r on the job, former NITI Aayog vice-chairman Arvind Panagariya had suggested to the government that the position be made a permanent one and a senior official be appointed as the permanent representa­tive to the G20, similar to the arrangemen­t at the United Nations.

The last G20 summit, held in Hamburg in July this year, had discussed sustainabl­e developmen­t and volatility in global currency markets at length. The event had also seen other nations acknowledg­e steps taken by India for sustainabl­e and inclusive growth as well as support to the global economy. The G20 had noted the initiative­s in the country for promoting ease of doing business, start-up funding, and labour reforms.

Panagariya was appointed India’s sherpa for the G20 talks in September 2015, replacing then railway minister Suresh Prabhu. Sherpas, who are representa­tives of leaders of G20 member countries, coordinate on the agenda of the summit.

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