'Looking forward to it': PM Modi to participate in virtual G20 summit on coronavirus today
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday will take part in the G20 summit via a video a conference as the leaders of these countries will discuss ways to protect global economy amid coronavirus pandemic which has so far claimed the lives of more than 18,000 around the world.
On Wednesday, PM Modi had said that the G20 has an important global role to play in addressing the coronavirus pandemic.
"The G20 has an important global role to play in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic. I look forward to productive discussions tomorrow at the G20 Virtual Summit, being coordinated by the Saudi G20 Presidency," said PM Modi as quoted by ANI.
According to a statement published by the G20 secretariat on Tuesday, the summit will be chaired by Saudi Arabia's crown King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and aims to "advance a coordinated global response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its human and economic implications.
The virus was first detected in the Chinese city of Wihan last December and has so far affected more than 4,14,179 people globally.
The pandemic has already resulted in major disruption of global supply chains, volatility in the stock markets and could further lead to a financial crisis as stated by Kristalina Georgieva, Managing Director at IMF.
In view of the pandemic, several international organisations such as WHO, World Bank, UN, and WTO will also take part.
Others organisations like International Monetary Fund, International Labour Organisation, Financial Stability Board, Food and Agriculture Organisation, Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development will also take part in the conference.
India is a member nation of the G20 group. Other members include Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the UK, the US, and the European Union.
(with ANI inputs)
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