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B20 Germany at BIAC—B20 Stocktaking Seminar at the OECD

On September 27, 2017, B20 Germany participated in the Business at OECD (BIAC)—B20 Stocktaking Seminar at the OECD in Paris titled “The G20 Business Agenda: An Outlook for the G20 Argentinian Presidency”. This seminar provided a business view on the German G20 achievements, and scoped potential new topics that B20 Argentina could address next year. In their introductory remarks OECD Secretary General José Ángel Gurría and BIAC Chairman Phil O’Reilly highlighted the importance of international business cooperation to address global challenges and seize its opportunities. Representatives of B20 Germany, the OECD, BIAC, B20 Argentina and G20 Argentina – among which B20 Germany Sherpa Stormy Mildner and designated B20 Argentina Chair Daniel Funes de Rioja - reviewed the Hamburg summit commitments, how they correspond with OECD work, and how business informs the G20 agenda. The second session featured OECD Directors and business speakers to discuss B20 priority areas. B20 Taskforce Co-Chair representatives Corinne Lagache, Julia Jasinska and Thomas Sewald made interventions on anti-corruption and responsible business conduct, digitalization as well as energy, climate, and resource efficiency.

The Argentinian G20 and B20 representatives gave an outlook on the preparations of their respective presidencies. While they will build on G20 and B20 Germany achievements some new elements will be addressed under the new cycle. B20 Argentina Sherpas Carolina Castro and Fernando Landa outlined the B20 Argentina’s tentative timeline and invited all workshop participants to actively engage in the Argentinian B20 process to make it a success.

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