REGIONAL FORUMS

The B20, the oldest and most prominent outreach group of the G20, delivers the opinions of business leaders about global economic problems to G20 leaders.  The B20 has been instrumental in providing links between global policymakers—including governments and relevant international institutions—and business communities throughout the world. The B20’s objectives are to convene business leaders to drive action, spur collaboration, speak with a common voice, positively influence policy-makers on a global scale, and support a continuum of agendas from one G20/B20 presidency to the next. The B20 Turkey focuses on enhancing global growth and job creation through six taskforces.

The participation and representation of emerging and non-G20 countries in previous B20 processes were inadequate due to budgetary constraints. In order to hear their voice and receive their ideas, B20 Turkey has made reaching out to the business community from emerging and non-G20 economies a primary focus by holding regional consultation forums in Africa, Latin America, the Middle East and North Africa, South Asia, East Asia, and Eurasia.

FAST FACTS
Number of the regional meetings 9
Number of the continents where the regional  meetings held 4
Total number of participants 900

 

Regional Consultation Meetings Held All over the World

 

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Besides the joint-taskforce meetings held in Washington D.C. and Paris, there have been 9 regional consultations held in 4 continents and 8 different countries, including the World Chamber Congress and the International Chamber of Commerce Leaders Meeting. The final one will be held in China at the end of July.  In total, 900 people from various public and private organizations have taken place and contributed to the regional meetings.

What happened in the regional consultation meetings?

The regional consultancy meetings have been organized around other key regional events and in collaboration with a national host. During the meetings, the B20’s recommendations have been shared with participants. The meetings also aim to collect ideas and comments on possible new topics to be taken up by B20 taskforces. The main objectives of the regional consultations can be summarized as explaining B20/G20 processes, increasing awareness among business leaders in different regions, creating publicity about the B20/G20 in each region, increasing participation of under-represented G20 countries, and incorporating the views of non-G20 business leaders into the process.

The B20 Turkey is comprised of 680 members from a vast array of countries mostly senior executives from various business communities, business associations, and professional service firms, who works under six taskforces.

Geographic Distribution of B20 Taskforce Members

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In each meeting, polls concerning the focus areas of each taskforce as well as two dialogue platforms – digital economy and energy & environment – were taken in order to prioritize subjects. After participants voted, these subjects are identified as the most important issues to address.

Taskforces Most Voted Issue
SMEs & Entrepreneurship Enable SMEs to better participate in global value chains by improving their ability to conduct business internationally
Anti-Corruption Emphasize the use of technology through the elimination of middlemen, improving transparency
Employment Build flexible and inclusive labor markets for women and youth
Trade Ratify and implement the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement
Financing Growth Improve alternative SME funding tools
Infrastructure & Investment Adopt national infrastructure strategies
Digital Economy Overcome policy barriers over e-commerce by ensuring customs, logistics and tax harmonization
Energy & Environment Eliminate tariff and non-tariff barriers to trade in environmental goods and services

 

The Hosting Partners and Some of the Key Speakers Who Attended the Meetings:

Regional Meeting Hosting Partners Some of the Key Speakers
Jeddah Jeddah Chamber of Commerce, Saudi Council of Chambers
  • Dr. Ibrahim Abdulaziz Al-Assaf – Finance Minister of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Delhi Confederation  of Indian Industries (CII)
  • Mr. Chandrajit Banerjee- Director General of  the Confederation of Indian Industry
Singapore Singapore Business Federation (SBF)
  • Mr. Hakan Tokaç, Director General at Foreign Economic Relations at Undersecretariat of Treasury, Turkey
Baku The National Confederation of Entrepreneurs (Employers) Organizations of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Turkic Council , Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC)
  • Mr. ​Mammad Musayev – President of the National Confederation of Entrepreneurs (Employers) Organizations of the Republic of Azerbaijan·         Mr. Mammad Zülfügarov – General Secretary of the BSEC
Sao Paulo Brazilian National Confederation of Industry (CNI), International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Brazil
  • Mr. Robson Braga de Andrade -President of CNI·         Mr. John Danilovich – ICC Secretary General·         Mr. Luis Antonio Balduino Carneir-Secretary for International Affairs of Ministry of Finance
St. Petersburg Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSPP), St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF)
  • Victor Vekselberg, President, Skolkovo Foundation
  • Elvira Nabiullina, Governor of the Central Bank of the Russian Federation
  • Arkady Dvorkovich, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation
  • Sergei Katyrin, President of Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation
ICC Leaders Meeting  (Singapore) International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)
  • Sunil Bharti Mittal – Vice Chairman of the International Chamber of Commerce·         Frederico Curado – President and Chief Executive Office of Embraer S.A
Thematic Consultation on Islamic Finance at the IsDB Annual Meetings (Maputo, Mozambique) The Islamic Development Bank Group, The World Bank
  • Khaled Al Aboodi – Islamic Development Bank’s ICD’s CEO·         Tevfik Kını – Executive Vice-President of Capital Markets Board of Turkey
World Chamber Congress (Torino, Italy) International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)
  • Terry McGraw – ICC Chairman·         Aydın Adnan Sezgin – Ambassador of Republic of Turkey to Italy