Patna is making preparations to host the upcoming two-day G20 meeting this month. As part of the visit, delegates are expected to tour the modern Bihar Museum, located in the state capital, a day prior to the inaugural event.
A top official confirmed this arrangement, stating that approximately 150 delegates will participate in the G20 Labor Engagement Group meeting on June 22-23.The delegates are scheduled to arrive in Patna on June 21 and will be accommodated in three luxury hotels within the city.
The official further elaborated that the opening session of the G20 meeting will take place at the Samrat Ashok Convention Center near Gandhi Maidan on June 22. Additionally, the delegates will be treated to a grand dinner and cultural performances at Bapu Sabhagar, situated on the same premises as the convention center.
Following the initial session, further negotiations will continue in Patna on June 23. As part of their visit, the delegates are also expected to explore the Bihar Museum in the evening of June 21, soon after their arrival. Notably, the Bihar Museum houses renowned artifacts, including the famous Didarganj Yakshi or Chauri Bearer, previously showcased at the Patna Museum.
The Bihar Art and Culture Department has taken charge as the coordinating agency for the G20 event, with plans to ensure a delightful experience for the visiting delegates. The city officials are already in the process of decorating Patna and have displayed G20-themed banners. Initially scheduled for early March, the G20 meeting was rescheduled to June.
Patna, known for its historical significance as the ancient capital of the Mauryan Empire, offers a rich backdrop for the G20 gathering. As India holds the chairmanship of the influential bloc, it aims to showcase various historical cities, including Patna, Hampi, and Khajuraho, throughout its year-long presidency. The selection of such cities aims to highlight their monuments as part of the G20 agenda.