The Ministry of Finance held a workshop that brought together the Saudi Sherpa Office and representatives of government agencies that represent the G20. The workshop was chaired by the Saudi Sherpa of the G20, Assistant Minister of Finance for Macro-fiscal Policies and International Affairs, Abdulmohsen Alkhalaf, on Wednesday, January 25, 2023. It was titled “The Kingdom's Agenda in the G20 under the Indian Presidency for 2023".
The workshop provided an overview of the agenda of the G20 under the Indian presidency for 2023, including the priorities of the G20 for this year, such as supporting global economic growth in light of geopolitical tensions, strengthening global value chains and flexible logistics, in addition to a group of issues related to health and energy, food security, education, tourism, the labor market and the digital economy.
The workshop also discussed the Kingdom's role in the group and ways to enhance the benefit from the initiatives launched by the Kingdom during its presidency of the G20 in 2020, in addition to discussing the road map and the Kingdom's participation in the group's meetings leading to the summit of leaders of the G20 countries to be held in New Delhi during the period 9-10 September 2023.
This workshop comes within the framework of coordination, harmonization, and preparation for the Kingdom's participation in the G20 meetings, as it has previously presented the Kingdom's keenness to provide solutions and initiatives to address the challenges facing the global economy, including the initiative to suspend debt payments, the group's common framework, its role in launching and supporting the Financial Intermediary Fund for health security with an amount of $ 50 million, in addition to its work with the Indonesian presidency of the G20 in 2021 to develop a response to the global food security crisis.
A "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.