Vice President Hamid Ansari will represent India at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Perth on October 28.
“Hosts (Australia) would have liked to have Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh to attend but he could not do so owing to other pressing engagements,” Commonwealth Secretary-General, Kamalesh Sharma, told reporters at a pre-CHOGM briefing.
“Two reports, one by the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group and the other by the Eminent Persons Group, on modernisation of the organization, will come up before the CHOGM,” Sharma said.
Climate change will also figure during the discussions in Perth, he added.
India has been actively involved with the Commonwealth, among other things, in setting up the Election Management Bodies.