Today, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the venue for the upcoming Group of Twenty (G20) Summit, which will be held in New Delhi in September under India’s Presidency.
The newly built International Exhibition-cum-Convention Centre (IECC) has been constructed at a cost of approximately Indian rupees 27 billion (US$329 million) and covers an area of 53,399 square meters. The state-of-the-art complex boasts a seating capacity for 7,000 people, making it India’s largest Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and Exhibitions (MICE) destination. The Prime Minister’s Office highlighted that the IECC has been purposefully designed to host large-scale international exhibitions, trade fairs, conventions, conferences, and other prestigious events.
Prime Minister Modi expressed pride in the new facilities, mentioning that multiple cities were involved in hosting the G20 meetings, with modernized old facilities alongside the creation of new ones. In total, more than 50 cities across the country participated in hosting G20 events.
The architectural design of the IECC is distinctive, with its shape resembling a conch shell, while the walls and facades depict various elements of India’s rich traditional art and culture. Notable features include symbols representing India’s efforts in harnessing solar energy and celebrating achievements in space research. Additionally, the complex showcases the five foundations of the universe – sky, air, fire, water, and earth. The IECC’s facades are adorned with paintings and tribal art forms from different regions of the country, adding to its vibrant and culturally diverse ambiance.
The inauguration of the IECC marks a significant milestone for India as it prepares to host the prestigious G20 Summit in New Delhi, providing a world-class platform for global leaders to convene and address critical global challenges.