Argentina to host over 45 G20 meetings in 2018
Around 20,000 people will visit Argentina in 2018 for the G20. The final event will be the Leaders Summit on 30 November and 1 December.
Argentina took over the presidency of the G20 on 1 December 2017, with the forum’s main activities taking place over the course of 2018: more than 45 meetings in 11 cities across the country. Argentina will play host to over 20,000 participants from abroad, mainly officials from G20 member governments and international organizations, and members of the press.
The G20 meetings will cover a number of issues, including agriculture, the digital economy, education, employment, energy, finance, trade & investment, amongst others. The three main priorities of the Argentine presidency – the future of work, infrastructure for development and a sustainable food future – are themes that will cut across the entire G20 agenda, as will other important transversal issues, such as gender equality.
The Argentine presidency’s objective is to build consensus amongst the world’s major powers for development that is both fair and sustainable, and that will generate opportunities for everyone. It is closely in line with the concerns and aspirations of the region of Latin America and the Caribbean to harness its populations’ great economic potential and boost efforts to eradicate poverty.
The first G20 meeting of the year is on the Data Gaps Initiative (DGI) and will take place on 29 and 30 January in Buenos Aires. Organized by the National Institute of Statistics and Census of Argentina (INDEC), the meeting will address issues relating to collecting and disseminating comparable, integrated and standardized statistics of high quality to craft public policies. The G20 agenda includes a further five meetings in February, also in the Argentine capital. On 12-13 March, the city of Rosario will become the third city after Bariloche and Buenos Aires to host a G20 meeting, in this case the first meeting of Agriculture Deputies.
In the lead up to the annual Leaders Summit, numerous meetings will take place at technical (‘working group’), deputy minister, and minister levels. The latter are the most important of these, attended by ministers of G20 countries and their equivalents in G20 partner organizations. The first minister-level meeting of the year will be the first of five meetings of Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors, taking place on 19-20 March in Buenos Aires.
Other cities across Argentina will host G20 ministerial, deputy and working group meetings. These are Salta, San Salvador de Jujuy and San Miguel de Tucumán in the north west; Puerto Iguazú in the north east; Mendoza in the west; Rosario and Córdoba in the centre; Mar del Plata and Buenos Aires in the east; and Bariloche and Ushuaia in the south.
The G20 working year concludes in Buenos Aires with the Leaders Summit on 30 November and 1 December, which will close with a joint declaration of the G20 heads of state and government.
About the G20
The G20 started out in 1999 as a meeting of finance ministers and central bank governors. In 2008, amidst the global financial crisis, it evolved into what it is today: a major forum that seeks to develop global policies to address today’s most pressing issues. The G20 summits are attended by the heads of state and government of 19 of the world’s leading economies and the EU. Together, the G20 members represent 85% of global GDP, two-thirds of the world’s population and 75% of international trade.