Great opportunities ahead for G20, advisory group hears

  • 12 May 2014
ICC Global governance

Delivering an update on B20 task force work to a meeting of ICC G20 CEO Advisory Group deputies in Paris last week, Robert Milliner, Australia’s B20 sherpa, said that the G20 was starting to see some recognition of business issues.

Mr Milliner said that great opportunity lay ahead thanks to agreement among all G20 leaders that economic growth and job creation were their key drivers. The way forward now he said, was to refine work even further to provide even more specific recommendations to G20 leaders.

Speaking to the representatives of business leaders from major corporations at ICC’s global headquarters, Mr Milliner said that ICC’s B20 role was important to building a continuity framework, as presidency changes from year to year, and expressed appreciation for the experience ICC brings to the process. Mr Milliner went on to outline B20 progress to date and gave an overview of plans for the G20 Summit, set to take place in Sydney in July ahead of the G20 leaders’ summit later in the year.

Following Mr Milliner’s opening briefing, meeting participants – who included representatives from Dow Chemical, Eskihisar Group, GDF Suez, McGraw Hill Financial, Natpet, Repsol, Royal Dutch Shell, RSPP, and Telefonica – developed their on-going work plan aimed at emphasizing business priorities with G20 Leaders. The meeting agenda also included a strategy discussion on ICC’s most recent consultations with business and government representatives in Washington and Turkey, the development of new reports on economic payoff of G20 actions on the business agenda, and a look ahead to the Turkish phase of the G20 cycle.

“We reaffirm our commitment to press for the inclusion of business views in deliberations by G20 leaders at the 2014 Australia Summit and demonstrate to governments that business is engaged in the G20 agenda at the highest level,” said ICC G20 CEO Advisory Group Director Jeffrey Hardy.

Comprising approximately 40 CEOs, the ICC G20 CEO Advisory Group is actively engaged between leaders’ summits to effectively contribute to the G20 process on policy development and is recognized by the G20 governments as a primary source of business expertise on the global policy agenda.

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