Saudi officials reviewed the priorities of the G20 for the current year, which include supporting global economic growth in light of geopolitical tensions, strengthening global value chains and flexible logistics services, in addition to a range of issues related to health, energy, food security, education, tourism, the labor market and the digital economy.
These discussions were held during a workshop held by the Saudi Ministry of Finance that brought together the Saudi Sherpa Office and representatives of relevant government agencies.
The workshop provided an overview of the G20 agenda under the Indian Presidency for the year 2023 and discussed Saudi Arabia’s role within the group, in addition to means to maximize the benefits of the initiatives launched by the Kingdom during its presidency of the G20 in 2020.
Participants also discussed the roadmap and the Kingdom’s participation in the group’s meetings leading to the summit of leaders of the G20 countries, which will be held in New Delhi on Sept. 9-10, 2023.
The Sherpa is an envoy representing a head of a government participating in the main agenda prior to the convening of the summits of the leaders of the G20 countries, with the aim of preparing for negotiations that culminate in the agreement on the final statements issued by those summits.
The Group of Twenty (G20) comprises 19 countries, including Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Türkiye, the United Kingdom and United States, in addition to the European Union.
The G20 members represent around 90 percent of the global GDP, over 80 percent of the global trade, and about two-thirds of the world population.