Former Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant will be the new Sherpa of G-20. Commerce minister Piyush Goel will give up the position as Sherpa of G-20. With the G-20 presidency coming to India, a full-time Sherpa is required who would be needed to devote a lot of time to meetings that will be held in different parts of the country.
What is a ‘Sherpa’?
- A Sherpa is a personal representative of the leader of a member country at an international Summit meeting such as the G8, G20, the Nuclear Security Summit etc.
- Sherpas are career diplomats or senior government officials appointed by the leaders of their countries.
- The term is derived from the Nepalese Sherpa people, who serve as guides for mountaineers in the Himalayas.
- The Sherpa engages in planning, negotiation and implementation tasks through the Summit. They coordinate the agenda, seek consensus at the highest political levels, and participate in a series of pre-Summit consultations to help negotiate their leaders’ positions.
- There is only one Sherpa per Summit for each member country; he/she is assisted by several subordinate Sherpas.