US to host next G-20 summit in Pittsburgh Sep 24-25May 29th, 2009 - 8:19 am ICT by IANS
By Arun Kumar
Washington, May 29 (IANS) The leaders of the world’s 20 biggest economies
including India will gather in Pittsburgh, an icon of America’s economic
renewal, Sep 24-25 for the next G-20 summit.
President Barack Obama will host leaders from 20 countries which represent
85 percent of the global economy to discuss ways of recovering from the
global economic and financial crisis, the White House announced Thursday.
At the Pittsburgh summit, Obama and other leaders will “take stock of the
progress made since the Washington and London summits, and discuss further
actions to assure a sound and sustainable recovery from the global economic
and financial crisis,” White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said.
The leaders including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh previously met in London
in April and in Washington last November. The group decided during its
London summit to meet in autumn in the US, considering world leaders would
already be in neighbouring New York in September for the UN General Assembly
“It’s on the regular schedule of things,” Gibbs said.
The Obama administration selected Pittsburgh as host city to highlight the
region’s economic transformation following the decline of the steel industry
during the 1980s, he said.
“It’s an area that has seen its share of economic woes in the past, but
because of foresight and investment is now renewed, giving birth to renewed
industries that are creating the jobs of the future. And I think the
president believes it’d be a good place to highlight some of that stuff,”
The summit will be held at the David L. Lawrence Convention Centre in
downtown Pittsburgh, an environmentally friendly facility that has received
LEED Gold Certification from the US Green Building Council.
– Indo-Asian News Service
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