New Delhi, 14 March: Chief Minister of Sikkim Prem Singh Tamang unveiled the landmark monument and celebration point for the G20 summit here at MG Marg, today.

Organised by Gangtok Municipal Cooperation, the programme was also attended by

Cabinet Ministers, Chief Secretary, Additional Chief Secretary, Mayor and Deputy Mayor GMC, Councillors, Head of Departments and officials from GMC and Urban Development Department.

The project report was presented by Additional Chief Town Planner, Gary Chopel, wherein he briefed about the concept underlying the design of the monuments. Further, he highlighted the insignia of Rabdentse, the second capital of the former kingdom of Sikkim, and also gave an overall description of the design and the concept behind it.

Mayor GMC, Nell Bahadur Chettri, and Deputy Mayor GMC, Tshering Palden Bhutia, presented the G20 memento to the Chief Minister, which was followed by an inspection of the Celebration Point by the Chief Minister and other dignitaries at the New Market.

The Chief Minister has urged upon all citizens to take responsibility of preserving public properties as their own property and extend support in the upkeep and maintenance of public assets. He stated that the State government is consistently working for the welfare of the people of Sikkim, with utmost focus on developing assets for the benefit of the public in various sectors.

It is a matter of great pride and honour that the State of Sikkim has been selected to host two meetings as part of India’s G20 Presidency: the Business (B20) on 16th March, 2023 and Startup 20 on 18th and 19th March, 2023. These meetings will be attended by around 80 delegates from G20 countries. In fact, Sikkim is the only north-eastern state to be selected to host two separate events under India’s G20 Presidency.

The B20 is the official G20 dialogue forum with the global business community and among the most prominent Engagement Groups of G20. For Sikkim, the B20 will offer a huge opportunity to highlight the economic potential and pave the way for partnerships with business communities from G20 countries. Known for its incredible natural beauty and strategic location, Sikkim offers wide range of opportunities for multilateral business partnerships in Tourism, Hospitality, Agriculture and Pharmaceuticals. It is a rare forum where we can collectively present our economic strengths to the esteemed delegates from the G20 countries.

Likewise, the Startup 20 will provide a platform for the Startups in Sikkim to take their endeavours to the next level. Over the past few years, Sikkim has witnessed a visible shift in the mindset of the youth, and thus a rise in the startup culture. The two-day Startup 20 engagement will provide ample opportunities to the youth of Sikkim to pitch their products as well as gain insights from the illustrious delegation.

It means a lot for the State of Sikkim to be able to host two important events of such magnitude. These events further adds to the pride and honour of the State and provides the state a reason to celebrate its uniqueness.

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