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RELEVANCE OF THE G-7 IN A CHANGING WORLD



  Jun 24, 2024

RELEVANCE OF THE G-7 IN A CHANGING WORLD



Reassessing the G-7’s Role

The G-7, historically seen as a dynamic group of the world’s most developed democracies, is now facing a need to reassess its purpose and relevance amidst global changes.

Shifting Global Dynamics

Inclusive Outreach: Italy’s Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni’s invitation to Global South countries, including BRICS nations and seven African countries, reflects a move to break away from the traditional “West vs. the Rest” narrative. This approach highlights the importance of inclusivity in addressing global issues.

Current Challenges: The G-7 has struggled to maintain its effectiveness in the face of:

• Manufacturing Slowdowns
• COVID-19 Pandemic
• Russia-Ukraine Conflict and Sanctions

These challenges have led to perceptions of the G-7 as a less impactful body, with its meetings often producing broad lists of issues rather than actionable solutions.

Focus Areas and Effectiveness

China and Trade: The G-7’s focus on China’s activities in the Indo-Pacific and its “industrial targeting” practices raises significant concerns. However, it remains to be seen whether member countries will act on these concerns by reducing their trade ties with Beijing.

Infrastructure Projects: The communiqué mentioned several infrastructure corridors, including the India-Middle East-Europe Corridor, but highlighted a gap between discussing projects and executing them.

India’s Perspective

Engagement Value: India, represented for the eleventh time, has the opportunity to evaluate the benefits of its engagement with the G-7. While the summit provided Prime Minister Narendra Modi a platform to meet global leaders, tangible outcomes were limited, and formal bilateral talks with key partners like the U.S. and Canada did not occur.

Key Issues Raised by Modi:

• India’s Elections as a Democratic Victory
• Harnessing Technology and AI to Address Inequalities
• The Importance of the Global South, Especially Africa

These topics might be better suited for broader, more inclusive forums like the G-20, suggesting the G-7 needs to redefine its role in a rapidly evolving global landscape.

Conclusion

The G-7 must review its identity and purpose to remain relevant in the current global context. Inclusivity, actionable plans, and a focus on pressing global issues are essential for the G-7 to continue playing a significant role in international affairs.


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