SUMMITS AND CONFERENCES IN CURRENT AFFAIRS TAMIL AND ENGLISH PDF


JUNE 2020

Name of the Summit

Organized/Led by

Venue

Aim/Theme

Pan-India Real Team Market (RTM) in Electricity

Union Minister of State (IC)Power and New and Renewable Energy and Union Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship

Video conferencing

To uplift the position of the Indian electricity market in the era of few electricity markets in the world which are having RTM.

Virtual Global Vaccine Summit 2020

United Kingdom’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson

Virtual meeting

To contribute 15 million US dollars to Gavi. Gavi is an International Vaccine Alliance which co-ordinates vaccinations across the world.

India and Australia Virtual Bilateral Summit

PM of India Narendra Modi and PM of Australia Scott Morrison

Video conferencing

The two leaders discussed a range of issues including trade, defence, education as well as the COVID-19 crisis.

95th Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Annual Plenary Session 2020

PM Narendra Modi

Video conferencing

To develop a self-reliant economy by strengthening the determination of country.

32nd Virtual EAG Plenary Meeting

Russian Federation by EAG Chairman Mr Yury Chikhachin

Virtual meeting

To co-ordinate the provision of technical assistance for the Republic of Tajikistan, which included interim findings was also presented by the concerned officials.

India’s First Virtual Healthcare and Hygiene Expo 2020

Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI)

Virtual meeting

To give importance and to boost Healthcare and Hygiene sector and create awareness about Healthcare and Hygiene in people.

Aatma Nirbhar Uttar Pradesh Rojgar Abhiyan

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi

Video conferencing

To the migrant workers who have returned to their native places in Uttar Pradesh during the lockdown situation and have lost their jobs amidst COVID-19 pandemic.

Defence Conclave 2020 Gujarat

Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Gujarat and Society of Indian Defence Manufacturers (SIDM)

Video conferencing

To strengthen the ‘Make in India’ initiative and thus increases defence manufacturing.

G20 Extraordinary Virtual Education Minister’s Meet

Union Minister of Human Resource and Development

Virtual meeting

To provided a brief review of the actions taken by India to boost education during this pandemic period.

49th Governing Council Meeting of NPC

Union Minister of Commerce and Industry

Video conferencing

To develop skilled labours in various sectors including logistics, agriculture, technology etc.

MAY 2020

Name of the Summit

Organized/Led by

Venue

Aim/Theme

Virtual summit of the Non-Aligned movement

Presidency of Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan

To enhance the coordination of the member states to fight against COVID-19 pandemic

Online coronavirus global response International pledging conference

European Union

Virtual meeting

To raise funds in initial funding in global cooperation

Virtual meeting of foreign ministers of Shanghai Cooperation organization

Shanghai cooperation organization

Virtual meeting

To discuss the cooperation to fight against COVID-19 Pandemic


2nd G-20 virtual trade and investment ministers meeting

Saudi Presidency

Virtual meeting

To focus on immediate actions to ease the distress being faced by people globally due to COVID-19 Pandemic

73rd World Health Assembly (WHA)

WHA

Virtual meeting

To discuss global vaccine plan, polio eradication and tropical diseases and COVID-19 Pandemic

Webinar on “Revitalising museum and cultural spaces”

Ministry of culture, GOI

To celebrate International Museum day on18th May 2020

Meeting of the Heads of Tax Authorities of the BRICS Centre

Federal tax services of Russia

Video conferencing

To discuss the potential areas of cooperation in the matter of tax

Bamboo Conclave 2020

Union Ministry of Agriculture and Stakeholders

Video conferencing

To emerge as an economic power with the support of its Bamboo resources.

Tribal Livelihoods and Safety Conference

Union Minister of Tribal Affairs

Video conferencing

To boost the minor forest produce with value addition and marketing with the help of Van Dhan Vikas Kendras (VDVKs).

Indo-Bangladesh

Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM)

Virtual meeting

The vital role ofNorth Eastern region in order to boost the trade between the two countries.

32nd Commonwealth Health Ministers' Meeting

Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare

Video conferencing

Theme: "Delivering a co-ordinated Commonwealth COVID-19 response."

MSME’s E-Conclave ‘SIDM MSME Conclave 2020’

SIDM (Society of Indian Defence Manufacturers), CII (Confederation of Indian Industry) and Department of Defence Production

Video conferencing

Theme: ‘Business Continuity for MSME in Defence and Aerospace Sector’.

Army Commanders Conference 2020

Army Chief Manoj Mukund Naravane

New Delhi

The issue of border with China in Ladakh is also likely to be discussed in the conference.

22nd Meeting of Financial Stability and Development Council (FSDC)

Union Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs Nirmala Sitharaman

Video conferencing

Economic reforms made in the country to combat the lockdown situation arisen due to pandemic COVID-19.

Digital Summit on Exports

Confederation of Indian Industry

Video conferencing

They discussed fall and rise in various import and export products specifically in the month of March, April and May.

APRIL 2020

Name of Summit

Organized/Led By

Venue

Aim/Theme

G-20 Extraordinary Agriculture Ministers Meet

Saudi Arabia

Video Conferencing

The meet was held to talk on the ways and means of ensuring continuity of food supply value chain including the livelihood of farmers.

5th Annual Meeting of Board of Governors of the New Development Bank

-

Video Conferencing

Annual meeting in which major issue was the impact of COVID-19

2nd G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meeting

Saudi Arabia

Video Conferencing

To discuss the global economic outlook during the COVID-19 pandemic crisis.

1st virtual 11th session of Petersberg Climate Dialogue 2020

Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Mr. Prakash Javadekar

Video Conferencing

To discuss ways and means to meet the challenge of reinvigorating economies and societies after COVID-19

BRICS FMs’ virtual meet

-

Video Conferencing

To accelerate the joint vaccine production and to combat the virus. In addition to this, to overcome the financial, economic, and social impacts of the pandemic.

Virtual interactive session with Health Ministers of member countries of the World Health Organization (WHO)

-

Video Conferencing

To discuss steps being taken to fight against coronavirus

SAARC health ministers meet

Pakistan

Video Conferencing

To promote regional cooperation in order to fight against COVID-19 pandemic.

101st Development Committee Meeting of IMF

-

Video Conferencing

To discuss the response on COVID-19 and the COVID-19 Debt Initiative.

Special ASEAN Summit

Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Prime Minister of Vietnam

Video Conferencing

To discuss steps for containing and preventing the spread of COVID-19 and to support people in the countries hit by the pandemic.

National Conference on Kharif crops 2020

Narendra Singh Tomar

Video Conferencing

To talk on the issues & steps that should be taken on the preparedness for Kharif cultivation due to the lockdown situation.

G20 extraordinary energy ministers virtual meeting 2020

Saudi Arabia

Video Conferencing

To discuss steps that should be taken for stable energy markets during COVID-19.

Indian High Commission (UK) hosts virtual meet for businesses

Association with the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry

Video Conferencing

They addressed the concerns and challenges which have created a greater impact, especially on the economy due to Coronavirus.

 

MARCH 2020

Name of the summit/conference

Organized/Led by

Venue

Aim/Theme

India Pharma 2020 and India Medical Device conference 2020

Department of Pharmaceuticals, Ministry of Chemicals and fertilizers in association with Federation of Indian chamber of commerce and industries (FICCI)

Gandhi Nagar, Gujarat

To encourage innovation which will help to reduce the cost of quality healthcare to people

Pragyan conclave 2020

Centre for land welfare studies

New Delhi

To focus on the changing characteristics of land warfare and its effects on the military

International Conference on Nanoscience and technology

Department of Science and technology

Kolkata

To provide a platform for young researchers from India and abroad

5th National conference on the economics of competition law

Competition Commission of India

New Delhi

To focus on economic issues in competition enforcement and competition issues in digital marketing

Workshop on International Women’s Day

Department of Personnel and training

New Delhi

For creating reforms related to women

4th International diabetes summit 2020

Chellaram diabetes institute

Pune

To highlight different ways of diabetes management

64th session of the commission on the status of women (CSW64)

United Nations

New York, United States

To fight against human trafficking and other forms of exploitation

Indo-Thai workshop on steller variability and star formation

Aryabhatta research institute of observational sciences (ARIES)

Nainital, Uttarakhand

To strengthen Indo-Thai collaboration on astronomy and astrophysics

Wings India 2020

Ministry of civil aviation and Airports Authority of India (AAI) in collaboration with FICCI

Hyderabad, India

To focus on civil aviation industries

Virtual G20 Leaders summit

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To focus on COVID19 pandemic and its implications on human and economy

FEBRUARY 2020

Name of the Summit/Conferences

Organized/Led by

Venue

Aim/Theme

INCCU Meet with UNESCO

Union Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’

New Delhi

To promote, preserve and safeguard cultural heritage and spread respect for all cultures.

World Expo-2020: Dubai

Dubai

To unlock the potential of each visitor while encouraging collaboration and presenting 
opportunities for all to make a difference in the future development of humanity.

4th EAS Conference on Maritime Security Cooperation

Ministry of External Affairs (MEA)

Chennai, India

To serve as a platform for free and open dialogue among all the EAS partners on various issues of maritime security.

1st India-Africa Defence Ministers Conclave

Ministry of Defence

Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh

India’s readiness to take the defence engagements with the friendly African countries to the next level.

India International Seafood Show (IISS) 2020

Ministry of Commerce and Industry

Kochi, Kerala

Theme: Blue Revolution- Beyond Production to Value Addition.

23rd Edition of National Conference on e-Governance

Department of Administrative Reforms & Public Grievance (DARPG), and Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MeitY)

Worli, Mumbai

It focused on encouraging and improving the delivery of public services by promoting the use of digital platforms.

5th Dhaka Art Summit

State Minister for Cultural Affairs of Bangladesh KM Khalid

Bangladesh

To provide a rare opportunity to experience multi-dimensional works of art from all across the world under one roof.

Global Business Summit

New Delhi

Theme: ‘Collaborate to Create: Sustainable Growth in a Fractured World’.

National Water Conference

Chief Minister Kamal Nath

Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh

To finalize the guidelines for the ‘Water Rights Act’ or ‘Right of water Act’ in Madhya Pradesh.

Conference on Combating Drug Trafficking

Narcotics Control Bureau

New Delhi

The platform will provide an opportunity to all the member nations to deliberate on the increased threats posed by drug trafficking.

FATF Meet in Paris

Paris

It focus on global action to curb terror financing and reduce the harm caused to people and society.

3rd High Level Global Conference on Road Safety

Government of Sweden

Stockholm, Sweden

To bring road safety on the global agenda.

National Organic Food Festival

Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MoFPI) and Ministry of Women and Child Development (M/o WCD),

New Delhi

Theme:  Unleashing Indias Organic Market Potential.

Sustainable Development Goals Conclave 2020

NITI Aayog

Guwahati, Assam

To take stock of the progress on the SDG and discuss and deliberate on the way forward for the North Eastern region on those issues.

“Central Asia Business Council”

Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI)

New Delhi

For the sharing of ideas and the transformation of goodwill into practical outcomes and seeks to form a India-Central Asia Development Group.

5th India-Russia Military Industrial Conference

Department of Defence Production in the Ministry of Defence

Lucknow

To achieve the objectives of Inter-Governmental Agreement under the Make in India initiative.

33rd Edition of the African Union (AU) Summit

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Theme: Silencing the Guns: Creating conducive conditions for Africas development.

‘Engiexpo 2020’

Federation of Small Scale Industries (FSSI)

Vadodara, Gujarat

Over 10,000 industrial products will be showcased in more than 300 stalls.

National Security Guard (NSG)

Manesar, Haryana

To join hands to form a united front against the common enemy i.e. terrorism.

IFAD Governing Council 2020

Rome, Italy

Theme: Investing in sustainable food systems to end hunger by 2030.

Bio-Asia Summit 2020

Telangana Government

Hyderabad

Theme: Today for Tomorrow

All India Conference of CAT 2020

Union Minister for Law & Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad

New Delhi

To bring a significant improvement in the disposal of cases despite the shortage of members in the Tribunal.

5th edition of Difficult Dialogues 2020

Panji, Goa

Difficult Dialogues 2020 will focus on the “State of Law”.

Ensemble Methods in Modelling and Data Assimilation (EMMDA)

Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES)

Noida, Uttar Pradesh

To have a concrete discussions and deliberations on the present status, future prospects as well as optimum use of Ensemble Prediction System (EPS).

International Judicial Conference

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi

New Delhi

Theme: "Gender Just World"

National Conference on Coastal Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience (CDRR&R) 2020

National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM)

New Delhi

To enhance the understanding of the problems and solutions on different facets for coastal disaster risk reduction and resilience.

RAISE 2020- ‘Responsible AI for Social Empowerment 2020

Government in partnership with Industry & Academia

New Delhi

It will focus on using AI towards social empowerment, transformation and inclusion and also in other key areas such as agriculture, healthcare, smart mobility and education.

JANUARY 2020

Name of the Summit/Conferences

Organized/Led by

Venue

Aim/Theme

Second National GST Conference

Chairmanship of Dr Ajay Bhushan Pandey, Revenue Secretary, Ministry of Finance.

New Delhi

To build synergy and to share their knowledge and best practices with the intent to bring about uniformity in tax administrations.

Kochi to Host Global Investors Meet

Industries Department of the State Government

Kochi, Kerala

The meet will also see organisers showcasing 70-odd other projects classified as large, medium and small in the 
descending order of their capital investment.

World Future Energy Summit

Abu Dhabi

Theme: Rethinking Global Consumption, Production, and Investment”.

Raisina Dialogue

Ministry of External Affairs and the Observer Research Foundation

New Delhi

A remarkable 40% of the Speakers will be women, emphasising our commitment to gender equality.

Renewable Energy Investors’ Meet

Indian Railways and Railway Energy Management Company Ltd. (REMCL - a Joint Venture of Ministry of Railways & RITES Ltd.)

New Delhi

To disseminate information about the opportunities available under renewable energy in Indian Railways.

ELECRAMA 2020

Ieema (Indian Electrical and Electronics Manufacturers’ Association).

Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh

To connect the world with Indian Electrical industry in respect of technology, new trends and innovation for future energy transition.

50th World Economic Forum

Union Minister for Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal

Davos in Switzerland

Theme: 'Stakeholders for a Cohesive and Sustainable World'.

2nd Edition of NIC Tech Conclave-2020

National Informatics Centre (NIC)

New Delhi

A platform to the experts from the IT industry to share their expertise on various areas like Cyber Security, Hyperscale Architecture, Design Thinking etc.

10th Annual Meeting FEMBoSA

Election Commission of India

New Delhi

Theme: Strengthening Institutional Capacity’.

India-Brazil Business Forum

Industry body ASSOCHAM, The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India.

New Delhi

To enhance and revitalize ongoing engagements and foster new areas of cooperation, the leaders adopted the Action Plan to Strengthen the Strategic Partnership between Brazil and India.

3rd Global Potato Conclave

Indian Potato Association

Gandhinagar, Gujarat

An opportunity to bring all stakeholders at one common platform to discuss issues and future plans involving everyone related to the potato sector.

World Sustainable Development Summit 2020

The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)

New Delhi

Theme: Towards 2030: Making the Decade Count.

Women Science Congress

Indian Science Congress (ISC)

Bengaluru

To provide a single platform for women working in different arena of science and technology to showcase their achievements and experiences.

National Traders Convention

Confederation of All India Traders

Ramlila Maidan, Delhi

The aim of this convention will be to discuss the role of the trading community in achieving a 5 trillion dollar economy goal.

5th Edition of the Asia Pacific Drosophila Research Conference (APDRC5)

Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER)

Pune, Maharashtra

To promote the interaction of Drosophila researchers in the Asia-Pacific region with their peers in the rest of the world.

27th Edition of South Asian Trade and Travel Exchange Expo (SATTE) 2020

Ministry of Tourism, Government of India

New Delhi

To build new business partnerships and hence was an important place for the promotion of tourism.

5th Edition of The Pulses Conclave 2020

India Pulses and Grains Association (IPGA)

Lonavala, Maharashtra

Aim at increasing exports, processing efficiencies, protein extraction, value addition and post-harvest management.

3rd Edition of North Zone Conference

Regional Outreach Bureau, Jammu and Kashmir region

Jammu

To strengthen the synergy between the Media Units in order to ensure last-mile delivery, while simultaneously brainstorm the use of new technology in communication.

International Summit on Women in STEM

Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science & Technology.

New Delhi

To boost the participation of women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields for the development of scientific careers.

National Conclave on Emerging Opportunities in the Natural Gas Sector

Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas Shri Dharmendra Pradhan

New Delhi

Focused on CBG which is a great initiative that has the potential to generate wealth from waste, provide employment, protect the environment, and give a boost to the economy.

National Consultative Workshop

Ministry for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare

New Delhi

To strengthen agriculture and the rural economy as it will strengthen India to face challenges victoriously.

 

IMPORTANT NOTES-

1.The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi will inaugurate the 107th edition of the Indian Science Congress (ISC) at the University of Agricultural Sciences, Bengaluru, Karnataka from January 3 to 7, 2020.The theme of the five-day event will be ‘Science and technology: rural development’. The congress would also host various programmes like Women Science Congress, Children Science Congress, Science Communicators Meet and Farmer’s Science Congress.

2.The National Traders Convention was recently inaugurated by the Defence Minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi. The three-day event is organised by the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) and it will highlight the issues faced by the traders.On the second day, The Union Finance Minister participated in the event and addressed the traders. She assured that the Goods and Service Tax (GST) would be further simplified. Recently Government constituted a committee under the Revenue Secretary for rationalising the GST tax structure.

3.MILAN is a multilateral naval exercise, which is scheduled to be held at Vishakhapatnam in March 2020. The event was previously planned at Andaman and Nicobar Islands and then has been changed to Vishakhapatnam as navies from many countries are participating in the event.Nearly 30 international navies have confirmed their participation in the event. The theme of the exercise is “Synergy Across the Seas”. This event would help the navies to have professional discussions and learn the best practices in the naval arena across the world.

4.The World Future Energy Summit recently began in Abu Dhabi. The summit is the largest future energy and sustainability event of the Middle East Region, which is held annually at the National Exhibition Centre of Abu Dhabi.The theme for the 2020 edition of the summit is “Rethinking Global Consumption, Production, and Investment”. The event is to be held for four days and several thousand participants and exhibitors from across the world are expected to take part in it. The Climate Innovations Exchange and the Future Sustainability Summit are also organised along with this event.

5.The 1st edition of Krishi Manthan is being held at Ahmedabad, Gujarat. Krishi Manthan is the Asia’s largest “Food-Agri-business-Rural Development” Summit. It is organized by the Food and Agri Business Committee of the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad. It is a platform for Business, industry, academia, policymakers and other stakeholders to share their knowledge and expertise.It is a 2-day event where more than 1,500 delegates including students, working professionals from Food, Agriculture and allied sectors would be participating.

6.Union Minister of Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises, MoEFCC, MoI&B, Prakash Javadekar inaugurated ELECRAMA 2020 in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh. Minister of Power and New and Renewable Energy (IC) R K Singh was also present during the inaugural ceremony.ELECRAMA is organised by the Indian Electrical & Electronics Manufacturers’ Association (IEEMA), once in every two years. It is an exhibition cum conference in the field of Indian electrical industry. The event displays various products and technologies in the field and creates a trade platform between buyers and sellers. It also hosts various seminars for knowledge exchange.

7.The third Global Potato Conclave recently commenced in Gandhinagar, with the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address through video-conferencing.Two Global Potato Conferences were organised in 1999 and 2008, one in every 10 years. The conclave for this decade is being organised by the Indian Potato Association (IPA) in association with the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), Shimla based ICAR-Central Potato Research Institute and International Potato Centre (CIP), Peru. The three-day global event will showcase the achievements in potato research and to set a blueprint for the decade.

8.The World Sustainable Development Summit (WSDS) is the annual flagship event organised by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI). This year, the global summit is scheduled to be held at the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi.The three-day event was inaugurated on January 29, 2020 with the theme, ‘Towards 2030 Goals: Making the Decade Count’. The summit has been organised for 18 years from 2001, to provide a platform for global leaders to discuss climatic issues. This year, the event focusses on the global efforts to meet the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations.

9.The 15th East Asia Summit conference of the year 2020 is set to be organised by India, in the southern city of Chennai, Tamil Nadu. The conference will mainly focus on co-operation in maritime security and challenges in maritime domain.During the 14th East Asia Summit (EAS) in Bangkok in November 2019, the Indian Prime Minister announced that the Indian Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) would organise the next EAS conference, in partnership with the governments of Australia and Indonesia. As announced, the EAS Conference on Maritime Security Cooperation would be held in Chennai from February 6-7, 2020. This is the fourth EAS conference organised by India.

10.The city of Kochi, Kerala hosts the 22nd India International Seafood Show, after a gap of 12 years. The three-day seafood show has been inaugurated by the Governor of Kerala, Arif Mohammed Khan on February 7,2020.The event will provide a platform for collaboration of the exporters and importers of the country’s marine products and seafood industry. The theme of the programme is ‘Blue Revolution: Beyond production to value addition’. Marine Product Export Development Authority (MPEDA) organises the event in association with Seafood Exporters’ Association of India.

11.The 13th UN Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species (CMS) (COP 13) is scheduled to be hosted by India in 2020, at Gandhinagar, Gujarat. The COP-13 (Conference of Parties) is to be held from February 15-22, 2020.It was recently announced that the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the summit. The theme of this year’s summit is, ‘Migratory species connect the planet and we welcome them home’.

12.The Government of India (GoI) recently announced a first-of-its kind summit, RAISE 2020- ‘Responsible AI for Social Empowerment 2020,’, which is proposed to be held from April 11-12 in New Delhi.RAISE 2020 is India’s first Artificial Intelligence summit to be organized by the Government in partnership with Industry & Academic institutions. The Government also launched the AI-Startup Challenge and the event’s website.

13.The 19th edition of World Productivity Congress (WPC) is scheduled to be held on May 6 to May 8, 2020 at Bengaluru, after a gap of 45 years.World Confederation of Productivity Science (WCPS) has been organising this conference since 1969. The Congress was held in India in the year 1974, last time. It will promote the development of productivity science through global presentations, speeches and panel discussions.



14.The Union Minister for Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare Narendra Singh Tomar recently inaugurated the 11th National Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) Conference -2020 in New Delhi.The first KVK was established in 1974 at Puducherry under the administrative control of the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore on a pilot basis. At present there are more than 700 KVKs across the country.

15.Pusa Krishi Vigyan Mela-2020 is being organised in New Delhi by ICAR-IARI (Indian Council of Agricultural Research-Indian Agricultural Research Institute) from March 1 to 3. The event is being conducted at the ICAR-IARI Mela Grounds, New Delhi.Bharat Bhushan, a 42-year-old farmer from Jammu and Kashmir’s Doda district, has been selected for the ‘Innovative Farmer Award’ by the Indian Agricultural Research Institute. Innovative farmers are felicitated during the event.

16.A 7-day Exhibition and fair named “EKAM Fest” organized by National Handicapped Finance Development Corporation (NHFDC) under the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment recently began in New Delhi.The EKAM Fest is open for public from 2nd March to 9th March, 2020. More than 82 Differently-abled men and women from 17 States/ UTs have showcased their products at the EKAM Fest event. NHFDC has launched several initiatives in the fest including: NHFDC Swavalamban Kendra, Safe Cabs in Delhi and Indore Safe Drinking Water E Carts.

17.The 35th edition of the Food and Hospitality fair AAHAR recently commenced in New Delhi. The five-day fair is being organized by India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO) in association with the Agriculture and Processed Food Products Development Authority (APEDA), Union Ministry of Food Processing Industries and some top industry consortiums.Over 750 participants from India and abroad will participate in the fair and display a wide range of food products, equipment and hospitality related products.

18.The Department of Pharmaceuticals (Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers) in collaboration with Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) is organising ‘India Pharma 2020’ & ‘India Medical Device 2020 Conference & Exhibition’ at Gandhi Nagar, Gujarat.The theme of the event, which is to be held from March 5th to 7th is: “India Pharma: Meeting Challenges of Affordable and Quality Healthcare and India Medical Device: Promoting Affordable responsible and Quality Medical Device for Universal Health Care”.

19.Union Ministry of Women and Child Development organised a discussion on “The Future of Work: Women in India’s Workforce”, in association with World Bank in New Delhi. Minister of Women and Child Development Smriti Zubin Irani inaugurated the programme along with Dr. Junaid Kamal Ahmad, Country Director India, World Bank.As a part of events to celebrate International Women’s Day 2020, this programme is organised to honour the achievements of women in business, public, private and social organisations.

20.The three-day conference called ‘Conference on Empowering Women Entrepreneurs’ has been organised by the Union Ministry of MSME in collaboration with various industry bodies like FICCI-flo, CII and India SME Forum, in New Delhi.Union MSME Minister Nitin Gadkari inaugurated the conference and a panel discussion on ‘Creating a conducive business Eco System for Empowering Women Entrepreneurs’. It was participated by more than 300 women entrepreneurs from all parts of the country.

21.‘World Cities Summit’ is a global biennial conference hosted by Singapore. This year, World Cities Summit (WCS) 2020 is scheduled to be held from July 5 to 9.The theme of this year’s summit as announced by the Singapore government is ‘Liveable and Sustainable Cities: Adapting to a Disrupted World’. Leaders from several governments and industry experts discuss on challenges in climate change, social shifts and technological disruptions.

22.The United Nation’s COP 26 climate change summit was scheduled to be held in the city of Glasgow in Scotland in November 2020.Amid the world-wide Coronavirus pandemic, the Climate change summit has been postponed to 2021. The British government announced that the exact date of the rescheduled conference will be decided later. This decision has been taken by the COP Bureau of the UNFCCC along with the UK and Italy.

23.Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas and Steel, Dharmendra Pradhan represented India in the recently held G20 Extraordinary Energy Ministers’ virtual Meeting.Saudi Arabia, which currently holds the Presidency of G20 nations, had called for the Energy Ministers’ meeting. It was chaired by Energy Minister of Saudi Arabia, Prince Abdulaziz. Heads of several international organizations including OPEC, IEA and IEF also attended the meeting. The meeting focused on measures to ensure stable energy markets.

24.The Chairmanship of the ASEAN group is held annually by the member countries based on the alphabetical order of their English names.In the year 2020, Vietnam holds the Chairmanship of the ASEAN group. The country assuming Chairmanship chairs the ASEAN Summit, the ASEAN Coordinating Council and related summits. Thailand was the Chair of ASEAN for 2019. Recently Vietnam chaired the virtual ASEAN Special Summit and ASEAN+3 Special Summit on Covid-19 response.

25.Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Prakash Javadekar represented India in the recently held eleventh session of Petersberg Climate Dialogue, along with is counterparts from 30 nations. Prior to this, the Minister also participated in an Indo German bilateral meeting through video conference.This session of the Climate Dialogue is the first virtual Climate Dialogue. The Petersberg Dialogue has been hosted by Germany since 2010 to provide a global forum for informal political discussions on climate negotiations and climate action.

26.An Extraordinary Virtual G20 Digital Economy Ministers meeting was convened recently to discuss the challenges posed by the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.Union Minister Communications and Electronics & IT Ravi Shankar Prasad represented India in the meeting. Digital Ministers of other G20 member also attended the virtual meeting. The G20 Digital Economy Task Force COVID-19 Ministerial Statement was released which ensured global digital measures to tackle the pandemic.

27.The online Contact Group Summit of Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) 2020 was recently held, to discuss the response to the prevalent COVID-19 crisis.Prime Minister Narendra Modi participated in the online Summit, which was hosted by the current Chairman of NAM, President of Republic of Azerbaijan. The theme of the Contact Group Summit was “United against COVID-19”. The event also commemorated the International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace.

28.The European Union and its partners co-hosted the Coronavirus Global Response International Pledging Conference to raise funds to kick-start the global fight against Covid-19, especially to manufacture a vaccine.The target set by the European Commission for the initial funding was €7.5 billion (8 billion USD). Several world leaders, individuals and organisations participated in the conference and pledged 8 billion USD together. Canada was the highest contributor with $850 million. U.S. did not attend the conference.

29.Union Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal participated in the G-20 Virtual Trade and Investment Ministers Meeting through Video-conferencing.The Minister also said in the meeting that India has provided medical supplies to over 120 countries to fight the coronavirus pandemic, out of which 43 countries received them as a grant. He also highlighted that India has been sharing the medical and public health capacity with them via digital technologies.

30.Union Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal participated in the Digital Summit on Exports organized by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).During his address through video- conferencing, the Minister said that he expects the decline in exports to narrow to 8-10 per cent in the month of June. In the month of April, 28 out of 30 major product groups have witnessed huge decline in exports up to 99 per cent.

31.Union Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal participated in the G-20 Virtual Trade and Investment Ministers Meeting through Video-conferencing.The Minister also said in the meeting that India has provided medical supplies to over 120 countries to fight the coronavirus pandemic, out of which 43 countries received them as a grant. He also highlighted that India has been sharing the medical and public health capacity with them via digital technologies.

32.Union Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal participated in the Digital Summit on Exports organized by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).During his address through video- conferencing, the Minister said that he expects the decline in exports to narrow to 8-10 per cent in the month of June. In the month of April, 28 out of 30 major product groups have witnessed huge decline in exports up to 99 per cent.

33.Russia, that currently holds the BRICS Presidency, hosted the meeting of the Heads of Tax Authorities of the BRICS countries.Though the meeting was originally scheduled to be held in Moscow, owing to Covid-19 restrictions, it was held through video conferencing. The Finance Secretary of India Ajay Bhushan Pandey represented India at the meeting. Possibilities of exploring areas of cooperation in tax matters and response of tax authorities were discussed.

34.As per the latest announcement from the World Economic Forum (WEF), it will adopt a new twin-summit format for its next annual summit.The flagship annual Davos summit is proposed to be held in January 2021 with a theme of ‘The Great Reset’. The 51st summit is to bring together leaders from across the globe either in person or for virtual dialogues. This year, the 50th WEF Annual Meeting was held from January 21-24, 2020.

35.The Union Ministry of Tribal Affairs along with FICCI and two private healthcare institutes organised a webinar titled ‘National Sickle Cell Conclave’, to mark World Sickle Cell Day.Tribal Affairs Minister Arjun Munda addressed the webinar and announced that the government has launched a new portal with registration facility, information about the disease and various government initiatives undertaken. The Ministry has initiated ‘Action Research’ project for helping SCD patients. A report titled ‘Stepping out of the shadows – Combating Sickle Cell Disease in India’ was released.

36.The US Chamber of Commerce has recently announced that ‘India Ideas Summit 2020’ is scheduled to be held virtually on July 21-22.The summit is organised by US India Business Council (USIBC). This year is the 45th annual meeting and will focus on geopolitics in the post-COVID world, technology trends and the future of healthcare, among others. Last year, the Summit was organised in Washington. It brings together scholars, diplomats and think tanks for high-level dialogue on key issues related to India.

37.Union Minister of Women and Child Development Smriti Irani launched a special campaign titled ‘Empowering the Greater 50%’.This campaign is an initiative of Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and its division FICCI Ladies Organization (FLO). It seeks to create an ecosystem to support women entrepreneurship and empower as many as 1 lakh women in India over the next three years.

38.Union Minister of State for Shipping (IC) and Chemicals & Fertilisers, Mansukh Mandaviya has recently inaugurated India’s one the largest first Virtual Healthcare & Hygiene EXPO 2020.The Expo has been organised by Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), the leading association of business organisations in India. This is the first ever largest virtual exhibition in India. The Chairman of FICCI, the President of FICCI, Tennis star P V Sindhu were also present during the virtual Expo.

39.ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) leaders have met during the recent annual summit held via video conference.ASEAN is a regional association with 10 member countries including Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Cambodia, Myanmar (Burma), Brunei, Laos. The Chair of ASEAN in 2020 is Vietnam, which hosted the virtual summit, due to travel restrictions amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

40.The fourth edition of the Ministerial on Climate Action (MoCA) was recently held through video conferencing.India’s Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Prakash Javadekar represented the country in the meeting. It was co-chaired by European Union, China and Canada to discuss on the implementation of the Paris Agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

41.The fifteenth summit between India and the European Union (EU) is scheduled to be held on July 15, through video conferencing.Prime Minster Narendra Modi is to represent India. The President of European Council, Charles Michel and the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen will represent the EU. The summit was supposed to be held in March and Indian Prime Minister was scheduled to visit Brussels, the capital of EU.

42.The 15th summit between the India and the European Union was held recently through a virtual mode. India was represented by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.The EU was represented by Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission and Charles Michel, President of the European Council. The leaders adopted the “India-EU Strategic Partnership: A Roadmap to 2025”, a strategic guide for mutual cooperation, over the next five years.

43.Union Minister for Food Processing Industries Harsimrat Kaur Badal inaugurated the virtual Digital Indo- Italian Business Mission on Food Processing’.The two-day event comprises of digital conferences, trade fair and B2B (Business to Business) meetings, which are being attended by 23 Italian companies. This Digital Sectorial business Mission is expected to promote the bilateral trade between India and Italy.

44.Saudi Arabia holds the Presidency of G-20 of the year 2020. It has chaired the 3rd G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors (FMCBG) meeting recently.Union Finance Minister of India, Nirmala Sitharaman participated in the meeting through Video Conferencing. The global economic outlook during COVID-19 pandemic crisis and G20’s Finance Track priorities for the year 2020 was discussed.

45.Union Information and Technology minister Ravi Shankar Prasad represented India in the G20 Digital Ministers’ Meet.The Ministerial meet is hosted by Saudi Arabia, which holds the current Presidency. The Union Minister called for digital platforms to be accountable and sensitive to the concerns of all countries in terms of safety and privacy.

46.India and the European Union are set to renew the Agreement on Scientific cooperation for the next five years, 2020-2025.This was announced at the virtual 15th India-EU Summit, attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. European Council President Charles Michel and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen led the EU. The mentioned Agreement was initially signed in 2001 and has been renewed two times in 2007 and 2015.

47.The India-Indonesia Defence Ministers’ Dialogue was held in New Delhi. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh led the Indian delegation while Indonesia’s Defence Minister General Prabowo Subianto led their delegation.Both the countries affirmed to further expand defence and military ties between the countries in areas including technology sharing. The countries had signed a new defence cooperation agreement in 2018 for a comprehensive strategic partnership.

48.Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has recently attended the 5th Annual Meeting of Board of Governors of Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB).A roundtable discussion was conducted on the theme ‘AIIB 2030-Supporting Asia’s Development over the Next Decade’. The bank had earlier provided a financial assistance of about USD 10 billion to combat Covid-19.

49.Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) organised the “National Digital conference on Ease of Doing Business for Atmanirbhar Bharat”.Union Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal inaugurated the conference and said that the country is heading towards a complete digital eco-system. He also said that the government is aiming to cover the entire nation through optic fibres in the next two years.

50.Union Environment Minister of India Prakash Javadekar attended the 6th BRICS Environment Ministers’ Meeting.The meeting was attended by the Environment Ministers of the five BRICS countries, Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa through video conference. It was chaired by the current BRICS President Russia. India will assume the BRICS Presidency in 2021.

 


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