Prime Minister Narendra Modi may inaugurate the rebuilt Pragati Maidan complex with a puja in the morning on July 26, followed by a cultural program in the evening attended by hundreds of guests, dignitaries and other invitees, people aware of the development said.
The venue, known as the ITPO complex, will host a summit of G20 leaders in September, they said, requesting anonymity.
India holds the Presidency of the G20 from December 1, 2022 to November 30, 2023. This group includes Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey and the European Union, United States and United Kingdom.
Established in 1999, the Group plays a key role in shaping and strengthening global architecture and governance on all major international economic issues. Its members represent about 85% of global GDP, 75% of world trade and about two-thirds of the world’s population.
The International Exhibition-cum-Convention Center (IECC) or Pragati Maidan Complex, with a campus area of around 123 acres, holds the title of India’s largest destination for meetings, events, conferences and exhibitions (MICE). In terms of covered space available for events, the redeveloped and modernized IECC complex finds its place among the top 10 exhibition and convention complexes in the world, competing with Germany’s Hannover Exhibition Center and Shanghai’s National Exhibition and Convention Center (NECC).
Level 3 of the convention center can seat 7,000 people, making it larger than the approximately 5,500 people that can be seated in Australia’s iconic Sydney Opera House.
The exhibition halls offer seven innovative spaces to showcase products, innovations and ideas. These state-of-the-art halls provide an ideal platform for exhibitors and companies to engage with their target audience, fostering business growth and networking opportunities.
IECC already boasts of an amphitheater with a seating capacity of 3,000 people, and the complex has a parking capacity of over 5,500, ensuring easy access through signal-free roads so that visitors can reach the venue without any hassle.