Representatives from USCIB’s global network participated in B20 policy consultations and called for greater emphasis on reducing trade barriers and improving conditions for infrastructure investment, particularly in the energy sector.
CEOs from the International Chamber of Commerce G20 Advisory Group attended the Saudi Arabia Regional Consultation Forum on February 26 in Jeddah, organized by B20 Chairman Rifat Hisarciklioglu. This event was the first of 11 meetings set to take place this year to gauge business priorities to be fed into the B20 policy recommendations made to the Turkish G20.
“Trade must be put at the top of the G20/B20 agenda,” said Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan. “We must find ways to grow global trade to deliver economic growth and employment.”
And in Antalya, Turkey, International Organization of Employers President Daniel Funes de Rioja, said that the B20 is fully committed to contributing to the success of the Turkish G20 presidency. He noted that the discussions to take place during the upcoming 2015 International Labor Conference will focus on Informality and SMEs, areas of concern that are shared by the G20 employment process.
The 2015 G20 Leaders’ Summit will be held in Antalya on November 15-16.