Manmohan Singh arrives in St Petersburg for G-20 summit

St Petersburg, Sep. 4 (ANI): The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, arrived here on Wednesday to join other leaders at the 8th G-20 summit.

Dr. Singh, who will return to New Delhi on Saturday, is expected to hold discussions with several world leaders on the margins of the summit.

In his departure statement issued before leaving New Delhi for St. Petersburg to attend the G-20 summit on the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Dr. Singh called for an orderly exit from unconventional monetary policies pursued by the developed world to avoid the damaging growth prospects of developing nations.

He said the Group of Twenty (G-20) should focus on job creation and promote investment in infrastructure to stimulate global growth.

"It is also important that G-20 encourages and promotes policy coordination among major economies in a manner that provides for a broad-based and sustained global economic recovery and growth. India has been an active participant in this endeavour as co-Chair of the Working Group on the "Framework for Strong, Sustainable and Balanced Growth," Dr. Singh said.

"At the summit, I will once again emphasize that the G-20 should ensure primacy of the development dimension in its deliberations, focus on job creation, promote investment in infrastructure as a means of stimulating global growth and create potential in developing countries to sustain higher growth in the medium term," he added.

Asserting that there is also an urgent need to reform institutions of global political and economic governance, Dr. Singh said: "I am happy that the Russian Presidency has paid special attention to these issues in the G-20 agenda this year, particularly through a new financing for investment initiative. I look forward to constructive discussions and decisions on these issues during the St. Petersburg Summit."

Stating that the G-20 has emerged as the premier international forum for discussing global economic issues, Dr. Singh said: "Its 8th summit will take place against the backdrop of persisting challenges and vulnerabilities in the global economy. Though there are encouraging signs of growth in industrialized countries, there is also a slowdown in emerging economies, which are facing the adverse impact of significant capital outflows."

"I will emphasize in St. Petersburg the need for an orderly exit from the unconventional monetary policies being pursued by the developed world for the last few years, so as to avoid damaging the growth prospects of the developing world," he added.

Dr. Singh further recalled that St. Petersburg was also the place where the idea of the BRIC grouping was born in July 2006.

"St. Petersburg is also the place where the idea of the BRIC grouping was born in July 2006. As per the practice during the last few G-20 summits, an informal meeting of BRICS Leaders will be held on the margins of the G-20 meeting to exchange views on the agenda of the Summit," he said.

"This will also provide an opportunity to review progress in the implementation of important decisions taken at the Fifth BRICS Summit in Durban on 27 March 2013 and review global developments," he added.

Dr. Singh said the G-20 summit comes at a time when India has introduced several reform measures and taken steps to strengthen macro-economic stability, stabilize the Rupee and create a more investor-friendly environment.

"At the same time, a stable and supportive external economic environment is also required to revive economic growth. The G-20 summit, therefore, is an important forum to seek an international climate that is beneficial for all countries," he added.

Dr. Singh said he was also looking forward to his bilateral meetings with other G-20 leaders on the summit's sidelines.

Besides India, the G20 comprises Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the UK, the US and the European Union. (ANI)

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