Macri drives G20 agenda in Davos

President Mauricio Macri of Argentina held an intense agenda of meetings with world leaders and businesspeople such as Angela Merkel, Bill Gates, and Queen Máxima.

Argentine President Mauricio Macri held an intense agenda of meetings today in the Swiss town of Davos, home of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting, to drive the G20 agenda with world political and business leaders.

Macri received German Chancellor Angela Merkel at Casa Argentina, the Argentine delegation’s headquarters in the Alpine town for the duration of the forum. During the meeting, they reviewed the agenda of the next G20 Leaders’ Summit, which will take place in Buenos Aires in November.

The leaders discussed the G20 agenda priorities for 2018 including the future of work, infrastructure, and a sustainable food future. The President stated that the meeting went well: “We spoke of the importance of focusing on education. We also spoke of infrastructure, how necessary it is for development, and how we can narrow the gap between developed and emerging countries through private sector involvement.”

They also referred to the Women 20 engagement group, which focuses on fair and sustainable development for women, giving continuity to the working agenda proposed under the German G20 presidency in 2017.

The President later met with Bill and Melinda Gates. They discussed one of the G20 agenda priorities, a sustainable food future, and working together with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in the effort to ensure world food availability. Macri offered to collaborate on agriculture-related research such as optimizing grain production and the development of other types of foods so that the Gates Foundation can apply this knowledge to its programmes in Africa.

Later, with Queen Máxima of the Netherlands, Macri discussed the importance that the W20 have a strong presence in all areas of dialogue and decision-making throughout the year of the Argentine G20 presidency. Also participating in this meeting was First Lady Juliana Awada, who last December attended the official launch of the W20’s yearly agenda in Buenos Aires. The group’s central themes for 2018 are professional, digital, and financial inclusion.

The President also met with Hugh Evans, founder and CEO of Global Citizen, a platform that mentors and backs organizations that fight against extreme poverty. Evans was in charge of organizing the Global Citizen festival during the Hamburg G20 Summit in July 2017.

In addition to these meetings, the President met with Mark Rutte, Prime Minister of the Netherlands, and Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada. He also met with business leaders including Patrick Pouyanné, CEO of Total; David MacLennan, CEO of Cargill; James Quincey, Executive Director and CEO of Coca-Cola; Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer of Facebook; Joe Kaeser, CEO of Siemens; Igna Beale, CEO of Lloyd’s; and Ken Kobayashi, Chairman of the Mitsubishi Corporation.

The President was joined by Foreign Affairs Minister Jorge Faurie, Treasury Minister Nicolás Dujovne, and other high-profile Argentine officials.

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.