Date From : Dec 15, 2020To : Dec 16, 2020
Can the G20 deliver? Priorities for a Post-Pandemic world

This discussion will be held from 2.00 p.m. - 7.15 p.m. IST.

Please note that registration is on a first come, first served basis. If your registration is successful, you will receive a confirmation email and a link through which you can join the discussion.

The G20 remains an important economic multilateral for addressing global economic governance issues. Our day-long seminar will explore the role of the G20 in the post-pandemic world and how it can be reconfigured, restructured, empowered to address global challenges. The seminar will also explore how India can lead the G20 in 2023, particularly on issues of international finance, business, trade and monetary system. This discussion marks the launch of ORF’s Geoeconomics Studies Programme and is the first of many dialogues that ORF plans to host on the G20 and the global economy.

This event is in partnership with Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, India


2.00 p.m. – 3.00 p.m. (IST)| Inaugural Session: G20 in a Post Pandemic World

Moderator: Akshay Mathur, Director — ORF Mumbai; Head of Geoeconomics Studies, ORF

Welcome Remarks: Sunjoy Joshi, Chairman, ORF

Keynote: Suresh Prabhu, India’s G20 Sherpa

Special address: Gabriela Ramos, Assistant Director General, UNESCO (former OECD G20 Sherpa)

Special address: Paolo Magri, Executive Vice President ISPI and Chair T20 Italy

Special address: Fahad M. Alturki, Vice President, King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Centre, T20 Chair, Saudi Arabia

The panel will address the following questions:

⦁ What is the role of the G20 in global economic governance today? How has it changed over the years?

⦁ How can the G20 address the challenges faced by the global economy induced by the pandemic?

⦁ What is the role of other international organisations in supporting G20’s agenda? How can it be made more effective?

3.00 pm – 3.15 pm (IST) | Keynote

Moderator: Akshay Mathur, Director, ORF Mumbai and Head of ORF Geoeconomics Studies Programme Rahul Chhabra, Secretary, Economic Relations, Ministry of External Affairs, Govt. of India

3.30 pm – 4.30 pm(IST) | Panel 1: Pandemic, Polarisation and Exclusive Economics: Will the G20 Deliver?

Moderator: Mihir S. Sharma, Senior Fellow; Head of Economy and Growth Programme, ORF


Klaus Milke, Chair, Foundations20 and Chairman, Foundation for Sustainability Staci Warden, Executive Director, Global Market Development, Milken Institute, USA Rohinton Medhora, President, Centre for International Governance Innovation, Canada Claudia Schmucker, Co-Head, Geoeconomics Programme, DGAP

The panel will address the following questions:

⦁ What is the impact of the pandemic and political polarisation on geoeconomics, globalisation and global financial system?

⦁ How can the G20 help ameliorate the deteriorating multilateral, regional and bilateral economic relationships?

⦁ How can policymakers give confidence to global financial markets, spur crossborder trade and investments, and include business stakeholders in global economic governance?

4.30 pm – 5.00 pm (IST) | Break

5.00 pm – 6.00 pm (IST) | Panel 2 : Reflections: Lessons from G20 presidencies

Moderator: Mitali Mukherjee, Fellow, ORF


Rajat Kathuria, Director and Chief Executive, Indian Council on Research on International Economic Relations Ussal Sahbaz, CEO EDAM, former B20 and T20 Sherpa, Turkey Stormy-Annika Mildner, Head of Department, External Economic Policy, Federation of German Industries, B20 Sherpa Germany Dennis Snower, former President Kiel Institute of World Economy, T20 Co-Chair Germany

The panel will address the following questions:

⦁ How have the priorities of the presidencies evolved over the years?

⦁ On which initiatives, agreements or ideas has the G20 has achieved success? What is the unfinished agenda?

⦁ What are the institutional, administrative, and intellectual parameters to consider for developing an effective roadmap for chairing the G20?

6.00 p.m. – 7.00 p.m. (IST)| Panel 3 | From Indonesia to India — A long view for G20

Moderator: Akshay Mathur, Director — ORF Mumbai; Head of Geoeconomics Studies, ORF


James McGann, Senior Lecturer, International Studies, University of Pennsylvania Feride Inan, Policy Analyst, Turkey Economic Policy Research Foundation (TEPAV), former T20 Sherpa Turkey Claude Lopez, Head of Research, Milken Institute, USA

The panel will address the following questions:

⦁ How can we develop a multi-year agenda for the G20?

⦁ How can the G20 develop an effective multi-stakeholder approach for designing its agenda and workplan?

⦁ How is the G20 like to change in coming years?

7.00 p.m. – 7.15 p.m. (IST) | Valedictory Session | Rethinking global economic governance

Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog, Government of India