Riyadh – :
B20 Saudi Arabia, the voice of the private sector to the G20, Wednesday held a virtual media roundtable to update the Saudi media on its initiatives and policy recommendations to the G20, as the group prepares to host the B20 Summit on October 26-27 in Riyadh. Saudi Arabia is the first Middle Eastern country to ever host the G20 Presidency, representing the region and the developing countries.
Earlier this week, the B20 publicly announced all its 25 policy recommendations across key issues such as digitalization, women in business, trade, finance, infrastructure, energy, sustainability, compliance, integrity and future of work and education.
“When Saudi Arabia took over the Presidency of the G20 and B20, the COVID-19 pandemic was not on the horizon. For the past several months, we have had to respond to an incredibly uncertain scenario. But, most importantly, we had to work together to design a path back to recovery – one that allows global economies to build back better, in a more inclusive and sustainable way,” said Mr. Yousef Al-Benyan, Chair of the B20 Saudi Arabia.
On the role of women in B20, Al-Benyan said: “Women has a remarkable role the highest rate in the past 10 presidencies with 34% women participants in different groups. Also, workshops to support women with 48% of chairs. We work to boost role of women in The Kingdom and the Arab world. In addition, recommendations with polices as set to reduce the impact on the role of women during the Covid-19 such as women supporting education from home for their children during the pandemic.”
Over the past year, B20 Saudi Arabia has worked to develop inclusive, action-oriented policy recommendations through consultations with more than 650 business leaders from all G20 countries and beyond. The Saudi business community is strongly represented in the B20 six Taskforces and one Action Council, with 26% of total members. Further, Saudi business leaders have led the process of developing policy actions as Chairs of each Taskforce and the Action Council.
“The challenges presented in this year’s Presidency were met with resilience and creativity by the Saudi business community, a demonstration of our innovation mindset and future centricity. I’m proud of what we have been able to achieve despite headwinds and I look forward to continue collaborating with them and elevating the Kingdom’s leadership in the global stage, under the guidance of Saudi Arabia’s leaders,” continued Mr. Al-Benyan.
B20 efforts over the course of 2020 also included the establishment of the COVID-19 Initiative, aimed at addressing immediate needs without losing sight of medium and long-term goals. As a result, the B20 issued a special report to the G20 on jump-starting the economy in a post-pandemic phase and has issued several joint statements with other engagement groups and global organizations calling for collaborative action in areas such as trade, energy, labor (including the protection of most vulnerable groups such as women and entrepreneurs), and integrity and compliance. The B20 has also hosted two virtual events focused on addressing the impact of the pandemic and preparing for the potential second wave. Further, the Saudi-led B20 partnered with chambers of commerce and industry organizations in the G20 countries to host a series of events, entitled the “B20 Global Dialogue”, to present and discuss its policy recommendations.
The B20 Summit will take place virtually on October 26-27th, 2020, bringing together global leaders from business, academia, civil society, and international organizations will discuss the world’s most pressing economic issues. The full set of policy recommendations presented by the B20 this week, and which will be formally shared by the G20 at the Summit, can be viewed here.