Bengaluru: Union Ministers of State for Commerce and Industry Anupriya Patel and Som Prakash inaugurated the G20 second Trade and Investment Working Group meeting in Bengaluru yesterday under India Presidency. Delivering her keynote address, Anupriya Patel said that G20 is a valuable multilateral platform that reflects upon challenges that need global attention. She emphasised that WTO reforms are essential to ensure fairness and transparency in global trade. 

Speaking on the occasion, Som Parkash noted that in recent years, India has made significant progress in reducing bureaucratic hurdles and enhancing transparency. He added that India offers immense opportunities across various sectors, including manufacturing, infrastructure and technology. He laid emphasis on India’s investor-friendly

landscape that provides a stable policy framework, protecting intellectual property rights and ensuring the availability of skilled talent. 

In the opening remarks, the Commerce Secretary Sunil Barthwal said that the second meeting after the one in Mumbai will further deliberate on WTO reforms, Global Value Chain expansion and five proposals put forth under the India Presidency. After the inauguration of the G20 Working Group meeting, the Union Ministers visited the Experience Zone set up by the Coffee Board, Tea Board and APEDA. 

The zone showcases GI Tag coffee from Karnataka, Tea from South India and millet produce from India. The exhibition at the venue has participation from start-ups and the Karnataka Tourism Department.

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