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April 10, 2023

Finance Minister of India, Nirmala Sitharaman, is officially visiting the USA to attend the Spring Annual IMF & World Bank Meetings.

India’s Finance Minister will also participate in G20 Finance Ministers & Central Bank Governors meetings besides Investor and bilateral meetings with many countries.

IMF Sitharaman

Photo: The Union Minister for Finance and Corporate Affairs, Nirmala Sitharaman in virtual conversation with Ms. Kristalina Georgieva, MD, IMF, in February 2023 concerning G20 India. (File Photo)

New Delhi, April 09, 2023 — Union Minister for Finance & Corporate Affairs, Mrs. Nirmala Sitharaman, will be embarking on an official visit to the USA beginning April 10, 2023. During the visit, Smt. Sitharaman will attend the 2023 Spring World Bank Group (WBG) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) meetings. In addition, she will also participate in the G20, Investor, and Bilateral meetings scheduled from April 10 to April 16, 2023, in the WBG and IMF Headquarters in Washington, DC.

Finance Ministers and Central Bankers worldwide will attend IMF Spring Meetings.

• Engagements of the Finance Minister will include the following:

• The 2nd G20 Finance Ministers & Central Bank Governors meeting will comprise three sessions:

These sessions will focus on issues such as addressing food & energy insecurity, managing global debt vulnerabilities, strengthening Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs), mobilizing finance for climate action, advancing financial inclusion, and accelerating progress on International Tax and Financial Sector issues. In addition, the meeting will take stock of the progress made on outcomes envisaged under India’s G20 Finance Track agenda.

On the sidelines of the Spring Annual Meetings, the Finance Minister will have bilateral engagements with her counterparts from G20 countries and Heads of other delegations, including major international organizations, to discuss issues and areas of mutual interest and cooperation under India’s G20 Presidency.

During her visit, the Union Finance Minister will also participate in a fireside chat at the Peterson Institute of International Economics (PIIE) on April 10, 2023.

In a high-level meeting on April 11, 2023, the Finance Minister will meet the US Treasury Secretary, Ms. Janet Yellen, to discuss issues of mutual interest.

India, International Monetary Fund, and the World Bank will co-chair a meeting of the Global Sovereign Debt Roundtable on April 12, 2023, to discuss the current global debt landscape and ways to address existing challenges in debt restructuring. On April 14, 2023, a high-level seminar on “Macro-financial implications of Crypto assets” will be held to review the macro-financial implications of Crypto Assets and discuss policies to leverage benefits and contain risks. Smt. Sitharaman will also meet the G20 Expert Group on strengthening Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) on April 15, 2023, to discuss the need for an updated MDBs ecosystem for the 21st century towards financing sustainable development goals and transboundary challenges.

Besides these, the Finance Minister will also participate in a high-level Seminar on ‘Stacking up the benefits of Digital Public Infrastructure (DPI)’ organized by the IMF on April 14, 2023. The Seminar aims to discuss lessons from India and other countries on the transformational power of DPI and ways to maximize its potential.

Other side events on the margins of the IMF-WB Spring Meetings include an event on ‘Enhancing the Economic Empowerment of Women as Entrepreneurs and Leaders’ (April 13, 2023) and ‘LiFE (Lifestyle for Environment) event on Behavioral Change to Tackle Climate Change’ (April 14, 2023), among others.

Source: Ministry of Finance, Government of India

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