Pranab Mukherjee wants to change in role of G-24.

Pranab Mukherjee Washington: A day after he took over the chairmanship of the G-24, finance minister Pranab Mukherjee said that the role of this international grouping has significantly changed in the past 2 decades.

“G-24 role has considerably changed from the 70s and 80s,” he said in his interface with the Indian media here.

Incidentally, Mukherjee was elected Chair of G-24 in 1983-84 when he was the Finance Minister. Almost 3 decades later, he has again been elected to the prominent post.

G-24 was founded in 1971 to direct the positions of developing countries on international monetary and development finance issues.

Mukherjee said that “I had been elected chairman of G-24 in 1983-84 and again in 2011-12. Normally it does not happen.”

He also said that “Today quite a large number of G-24 members are important players and their economy is very string like China, India and Argentina. Therefore the type of character G-24 had in the 70s and 80s is no longer relevant now,” he said.

India has taken over the chairmanship of G-24 from South Africa. “I do believe that the G-24 has an important role to play in fostering dialogue amongst developing countries and in supporting a more inclusive approach in global economic and financial cooperation including on the development agenda,” he said in his acceptance speech.

“However, as we have discussed, realizing this potential will require enhancing the effectiveness of the Group and adapting its role to the changing landscape of global governance. A key prerequisite for effectiveness will be to agree on a limited set of priorities which are of vital importance to us and where we can make a difference,” he added.

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