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Shaktikanta Das Appointed as India's G20 Sherpa

Published on November 30, 2017
Shaktikanta Das, former secretary of Department of Economic Affairs (DEA), has been appointed as India's G20 Sherpa.


  • His term will end on December 31, 2018
  • There are two tracks in G 20 - Finance Track and Development Track. 
  • Finance Track is managed by the Secretary (Economic Affairs) as India's Deputy to G20 and the Development Track is coordinated by the Sherpa. 
  • The Department of Economic Affairs will provide necessary support to the Sherpa.
  • Panagariya was appointed India's Sherpa for G20 talks in September 2015,
  • Sherpas, who are representatives of leaders of G20 member countries, coordinate on the agenda of the summit.
  • As per practice, the deputy chairman of the erstwhile Planning Commission used to be the Sherpa for G20 talks. 
  • The G20, a central forum for international cooperation on financial and economic issues, accounts for more than four-fifths of gross world product and is home to almost two-thirds of the world's population.

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