Modi Calls On G20 Nations To Eliminate 'Safe Havens' For Economic Offenders

Urges "effective financial governance"

05/09/2016 4:01 PM IST | Updated 05/09/2016 5:45 PM IST
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HANGZHOU, CHINA - SEPTEMBER 4: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi attends the opening ceremony of the G20 Summit on September 4, 2016 in Hangzhou, China. World leaders are gathering for the 11th G20 Summit from September 4-5. (Photo by Mark Schiefelbein - Pool/Getty Images)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi called on G20 member nations to eliminate "safe havens" for economic offenders, extradite money launderers, and check excessive banking secrecy.

In his intervention on the second day of the G20 Summit in this east Chinese city, Modi said fighting corruption, blackmoney and tax-evasion were central to effective financial governance.

To achieve that, he said, "we need to act to eliminiate safe havens for economic offenders, track down and unconditionally extradite money launderers and break down the web of complex international regulations and excessive banking secrecy that hide the corrupt and their deeds".

The prime minister said that a stable global economic and financial system is imperative for growth as it promotes inclusive and sustainable growth.

He called for further strengthening of the global financial safety net.

"We need a regular dialogue between the IMF, Regional Financial Arrangements and Bilateral Swap Arrangements. Important mechanisms like financial stability board should stick to their core mandate," External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup quoted the Prime Minister as saying in a series of tweets.

"IMF should remain a quota-based institution and not depend on borrowed resources," Modi said emphasing that the "long-delayed 15th General Review of Quotas must be completed by 2017 Annual Meetings."

The Prime Minister also said that India needs energy to support its development. A "balanced mix of nuclear, renewal energy and fossil fuels are at the core of our policy."

The G20 member states represent 85 per cent of the world's GDP.

Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the UK, the US and the European Union make the G20.

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