The Department of Economic Affairs will provide necessary support to the Sherpa.
Shaktikanta Das, former secretary of Department of Economic Affairs (DEA), has been appointed as India’s sherpa till 31 December 2018, for the G20’s Development Track.
There are two tracks in G20 — the Finance Track and the Development Track. “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,” Ministry of Finance tweeted on Monday.
Arvind Panagariya, former NITI Aayog vice-chairman, was named India’s sherpa for the G20 talks in September 2015. He 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.
It is worth mentioning here that Sherpas, who are representatives of leaders of G20 member countries, coordinate on the agenda of the summit.
Source: Media Reports