G-20: Manmohan Singh holds bilateral with Mexican President, British PM

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Seoul, Nov.11 (ANI): Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh held bilateral meetings with Mexican President Felipe Caldersn, and British Prime Minister David Cameron ahead of the commencement of the G-20 Summit here today.

Economic experts in India have speculated that after focusing on global recovery in the last G-20 Summit at Toronto, New Delhi's main agenda at Seoul would include counter-protectionist measures and consolidating growth of the global economy by reducing imbalances in currency valuation.

Manmohan is also expected to hold a bilateral meet with South Korean President Lee Myung-bak.

The members of the G-20 hope the fifth edition of the summit titled "Shared Growth Beyond the Crisis" would mark the beginning of a new era of global cooperation.

Comprising the world's 19 leading national economies besides the European Union, the G-20 came into existence in 1999 and held its first meeting that year.

At present, the G-20 comprises Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Republic of Korea, Turkey, United States, United Kingdom, and the European Union Until 2008, the G20 was overshadowed by the smaller G-8 grouping of France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, and Russia.

This, however, changed since the global financial crisis of 2008, and the G20 has effectively now replaced the G-8 as the main global economic forum.

The major growth in the economies of G-20 members China, India and Brazil has also contributed to the rising importance of the grouping. By Ravinder Singh Robin (ANI)

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