New Delhi, Nov 13 : Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh today left for Washington to attend the G-20 summit.
Dr. Singh was accompanied by the Finance Minister P. Chidambaram and the Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia. He will stopover in Frankfurt while going to and coming back from the United States.
In a statement released here, Dr. Singh said, "I am leaving today to attend the Summit on Financial Markets and the World Economy in Washington". "This gathering of world leaders takes place against the backdrop of the financial crisis that has emanated in the United States and Europe. It has become clear over the last several weeks that the effects of the crisis are spreading. In varying degrees, all countries will be impacted. We are facing the prospect of a global economic slowdown," he added.
The Prime Minister said that he looked upon the Summit as an opportunity to exchange views with other leaders on the reasons behind the recent developments and to consider what measures can or need to be taken by the international community to arrest the negative fallout.
"The Summit also has an important role to play in considering corrective measures to prevent future recurrence of such events. The issues involved are complex and will require sustained deliberation over a period of time," he added. "As a major developing economy which is getting increasingly integrated with the global economy, India has a vital stake in the stability of the international economic and financial system," he said.
"I will put forward our views on the need for greater inclusivity in the international financial system, the need to ensure that the growth prospects of the developing countries do not suffer, and the need to avoid protectionist tendencies," he added. Dr. Singh further said that the fundamentals of the Indian economy are strong.
He said, "We have taken several measures to ensure adequate liquidity and credit in the system."
Manmohan Singh said that he was fully confident about the growth prospects of Indian economy. It had, in fact, the potential to contribute to global economic growth.
The G20 comprises the seven major industrialised nations - Britain, Canada, France, Italy, Japan, Germany, and the United States - plus Argentina, Australia, Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, and Turkey. It also includes the 27-nation European Union, represented by France.