Argentine G20 Sherpa Track gets under way

The First Sherpa Meeting of the Argentine G20 presidency began in the Patagonian city of Bariloche. The meeting was opened by Argentina’s Foreign Minister Jorge Faurie. Issues under the spotlight include education, jobs, the digital economy and agriculture. 

The Sherpa Track, which addresses multiple issues within the G20 agenda alongside the Finance Track, officially kicked off its proceedings today. Representatives of 24 countries and 13 international organizations met in the Patagonian city of Bariloche, in the province of Río Negro. The meeting closes on Sunday.

Argentine Foreign Minister Jorge Faurie gave the opening address. “Today, policies have to be more coordinated than ever. We would like to deliver a stable, just and sustainable world; one that will therefore be safer, fairer and peaceful,” he stated.

With respect to Argentina’s role as president of the G20, he added, “Argentina will be true to its history, traditions and geographical location, all of which make up our DNA. We shall bring in a perspective from the south, from our region, from where we come from.”

Sherpas are the official emissaries of the G20 heads of state and government. Today’s meeting in Bariloche was attended by the sherpas and their teams from member countries: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Indonesia, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the United States, the United Kingdom and the European Union (EU); and invited countries: Chile, the Netherlands, and Spain. The following international organizations also sent emissaries to the meeting: the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN, represented by Singapore), the Development Bank of Latin America (CAF), the Caribbean Community (CARICOM, represented by Jamaica), the Financial Stability Board (FSB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the International Labour Organization (ILO), the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Organization for Economic Co-operation & Development (OECD), the United Nations (UN), the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Bank, and the World Trade Organization (WTO).

In total, over 130 delegates are meeting at Bariloche’s Llao Llao Hotel. Themes on the agenda include agriculture, anti-corruption, trade and investment, development, digital economy, education, labour, health, climate sustainability, and energy transitions.

The strategic focus of the Argentine G20 Sherpa Track is on sustainability and unleashing people’s potential. The first deals with issues like improving soil productivity, changing the energy matrix and reducing the impact on the environment. The second looks at innovation in education, embracing new technologies and empowering women.

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.