With less than six months to go to the 2016 G20 Summit, a special session of the Boao Forum for Asia brought together leaders from both business and government to discuss policy priorities to support growth and job creation.
International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Secretary General John Danilovich moderated the high-level roundtable, which featured keynote addresses from Wang Shouwen, China’s vice minister of commerce and Thomas Lembong, Indonesia’s minister for trade. A major theme of the discussions was the importance of public-private partnership and dialogue to address key global challenges ranging from weak global growth to climate change.
Commenting at the roundtable on the strategic importance of this year’s G20 process, Danilovich said: “It’s vital that this year’s G20 process develops a comprehensive and credible strategy to reinvigorate trade and global growth… As business, we also look to the G20 to drive forward implementation of the landmark UN agreements which were forged last year on sustainable development and climate change.”
The roundtable explored recommendations being developed by the five B20 task forces on trade and investment, infrastructure, employment, financing and small business (SME) development. The issue of SME growth remains a particular priority for ICC’s global outreach, building on engagement throughout last year’s B20 process which lead to the creation of the World SME Forum.