NEW DELHI: In 2022, India will host the G20 summit, which is said to be organized at the same time when India will celebrate the 75th anniversary of its Independence. 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the confirmation of India hosting the G20 summit in 2022 just before leaving Buenos Aires, Argentina, where the 2018 G20 summit ended Saturday. PM Modi before leaving the country said that he requested Italy to let India host the G20 summit in 2022 instead of 2021 as it is India’s 75th Independence Day in 2022. PM Modi informed that on hearing the concern, the country has accepted our request and so we will celebrate the 75th Independence Day with G20 summit and will invite leadership from across the world to come to India in 2022, Modi added.

19 countries and the EU will participate in the G20 summit, and all the countries will be divided into groups of four blocks of four and one of three. After the grouping, each group will bid for the summit when their turn will come. Our sources have reported that Japan has been scheduled to host the G20 summit in 2019 while Saudi Arabia and Italy will host the summit in 2020 and 2021 respectively. While, India will host the G20 summit in 2022. 

Modi had wanted to host the summit in 2018, but Argentina had refused to swap. 

“Besides, India lacks the convention and other infrastructure like enough hotels and services required for such a massive exercise. The summit involves hosting heads of State and government from 19 nations simultaneously, which is a logistical and security nightmare. Apart from that, the host nation is usually also expected to hold the meetings of finance ministers and central bank governors of the member states over the year,” an official pointed out.”

The official also conveyed that though we have some world-class convention centres being built at Pragati Maidan and another at Dwarka, the progress of these have been delayed. So there is a need of other such infrastructure in place before the country can host the G20 summit, the official asserted.