G20 Summit 2023: New Delhi Prepares for High-Stakes Diplomacy and Elite Security

G20 Summit 2023: New Delhi Prepares for High-Stakes Diplomacy and Elite Security

New Delhi, India – The 18th edition of the G20 summit is all set to take place in New Delhi on September 9th and 10th. This international gathering will bring together the leaders of 19 nations along with representatives of their respective governments. Additionally, the G20 summit will feature the participation of nine guest countries as major invitees, known as the G20 Sherpa Summit.

Apart from the G20 nations, the European Union will also be a participant in this summit. During the event, the security of the visiting heads of state and government from 14 countries will be entrusted to the elite commandos of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF). The CRPF has prepared a special contingent of approximately 950 personnel, equipped with suits and boots, who are currently undergoing rehearsals.

These specially trained personnel, along with drivers, will be divided into around 48 teams, responsible for ensuring the impeccable security of foreign dignitaries during the G20 summit. More than 100 bulletproof vehicles have been prepared for this purpose. Given that some countries have left-hand driving, the CRPF has also trained approximately 120 drivers who can operate left-hand drive vehicles without any difficulty. Furthermore, the security arrangements for guests traveling in left-hand drive cars will also be adapted accordingly, with specific training provided to the personnel.

Many of the CRPF personnel deployed for this summit have prior experience in elite security units such as SPG and NSG. These highly trained individuals will be responsible for safeguarding the heads of state and government in their respective motorcades. Additionally, the CRPF has organized special training sessions to cover various security aspects, including how to ensure 360-degree defense for VIPs.

Around 4,000 Delhi Police personnel will be stationed in and around Pragati Maidan, where the summit is taking place. These personnel will not wear uniforms; instead, they will be dressed in suits and boots and wear black sunglasses. They are undergoing specialized training for their roles. Furthermore, 1,300 police personnel will be deployed outside Pragati Maidan for traffic management and security.

The G20 summit will see the participation of member nations Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Additionally, guest countries invited to the summit include Bangladesh, Egypt, Mauritius, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Oman, Singapore, Spain, and the United Arab Emirates.

With nearly 85% of the world’s total GDP and more than 75% of global trade, these member countries also represent a significant portion of the world’s population. The regular international organizations (UN, IMF, World Bank, WTO, ILO, FSB, and OECD) and regional organizations (AU, APEC, and ASEAN) are also invited as guests to the G20 summit.

The summit is set to address crucial global economic and political issues and strengthen international cooperation in various areas.

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