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Problems facing underdeveloped countries raised in G-20 FMCBG meeting

2023 Jul 19, 20:02, Kathmandu

Finance Minister Dr Prakash Sharan Mahat has returned home after attending the G-20 Finance Ministers and Central Banks Governors meeting held in Gujarat, India.

Talking to media persons upon his arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport on Wednesday, Finance Minister Mahat said the meeting was significant to inform the international community about different types of problems and challenges the underdeveloped and developing countries were facing.

 "It was significant opportunity to mention problems of the underdeveloped countries in the meeting. Issues including problems of climate change facing the underdeveloped countries, global challenges surfaced with the use of information technology, management of digital transaction were raised", he explained.

The Finance Minister further said we got an opportunity to put forth our views on how the digital transaction and its tax related issues could be managed.

The G-20 countries also showed interest on the issues of low economic growth rate and decreasing loan flow seen across the globe, he shared. Minister Mahat viewed that significant meetings were held with development partners and donor agencies during his India visit.

He shared, "We held discussions with donor agencies such as World Bank, Asian Development Bank, among others. We also held bilateral meetings with the finance ministers of India and China and discussed bilateral investment and trade. There was an eventful meeting with India's private sector entrepreneurs regarding investment in Nepal."

During the third G-20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors (FMCBG) meeting, Minister Mahat said that he had briefed the international community about the climate change and how Nepal was bearing with the loss and damages emanating from climate crisis.

Furthermore, he also raised the issue on how the developed countries could contribute towards minimizing the climate crisis in country like Nepal. "We floated issues on how the scope of international cooperation for sustainable development could be enhanced and the impact of inflation in international market could be reduced on the people's lives among others in the G-20 forum," he said.

G-20 Member nations such as China, Japan, United States and France among others as well as international organizations such as World Bank, International Monetary Fund, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and the like had participated in the summit.

In the meeting of the G-20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors (FMCBG), a wide range of issues such as world economy and world health, sustainable finance and infrastructure development, international financial scenario, international tax system, financial inclusion among others were discussed in various sessions, it was shared.

Similarly, topics relating to cooperation on management of public debt, regulation and monitoring of crypto currency transactions and optimizing technology in public infrastructures among others were also deliberated in the meeting.



Finance Minister Dr Prakash Sharan Mahat Central Banks Governors Tribhuvan International Airport
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