Mexico City, 8 June 2011

ICC marked the regional launch of the ICC G20 CEO Advisory Group on 8 June 2011 in Mexico City. The consultation was designed to provide local businesses with an opportunity to help shape ICC’s policy recommendations for input into the G20 process.

The ICC G20 CEO Advisory Group held its first regional policy consultation in Mexico City, in conjunction with the World Chambers Congress

The consultation in Mexico is part of a larger initiative. The ICC’s G20 CEO Advisory Group is hosting a series of regional policy consultations, designed to provide local businesses with an opportunity to help shape ICC’s policy recommendations for input into the G20 process.


The ICC G20 CEO Advisory Group  Mexico City - Policy Discussion

The G20 CEO Advisory Group's policy work has been shaped to concentrate on the 2011 agenda of G20 issues as set by the host country France, as well as on priorities that the group wishes to see addressed. The roundtable meeting provided participants the opportunity to contribute their views and priorities on the following subjects: trade, investment and development; strengthening financial regulation; fighting corruption; reforming the international monetary system; reducing commodity price volatility; and green growth policy issues.


Participants included Mexican companies, global businesses and a number of international industry associations gathered for the World Chambers Congress.

There were four key speakers event: Harold McGraw III, ICC Vice-Chairman, Chairman and CEO of The McGraw Hill Companies; Pierre Froidevaux Chavan, President, Holcim-Apasco; Maria de Lourdes Aranda Bezaury, Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs, Mexico; Jean-Guy Carrier, ICC Secretary General.

In addition the Consultation featured a number of G20 Advisory Group CEOs, including: Eduardo Eurnekian, Chairman and CEO, Corporacion America; Mahendra Sanghi, Chairman, MK Sanghi Group; Sheikh Khalifa Bin Jassim Al-Thani, Chairman of Qatar Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the aforementioned Harold McGraw III, who is also Chairman and CEO of The McGraw-Hill Companies.

VIews from Ambassador Aranda

An important part of the program was the lengthy presentation and Q&A session with Ambassador Aranda, currently Mexico’s lead official for the G20. The Ambassador expressed appreciation for ICC’s effort to solicit input from local businesses and stressed that it was a good idea to begin preparing for the Summit in Mexico next year. In terms of policy, she suggested that it will be critical for the G20 governments to take stock of what has accomplished – before adding new topics. Mexican priorities for the G20 will likely center around food security, moderating price volatility and achieving green growth.

Media coverage

The ICC-G20 Advisory Group Mexico City - G20 Press Conference

ICC marked the regional launch of the ICC G20 CEO Advisory Group on 8 June 2011 in Mexico City with a press conference. The event generated significant coverage from a wide variety of media including Univision Noticias, Altonivel, Top Management, Provincia, El Economista, Notimex, SDP Noticias, La Cronica, Terra News, Televisa, El Financiero and Reforma.

ICC plans to hold similar media briefings at the upcoming regional consultations in Hong-Kong, Doha and Zurich.

Selected quotes

“Getting input and recommendations straight from the private sector – which is creating jobs and opportunity around the world – is crucial for the economic success of the upcoming G20 Summit. The global business community is committed to working with the G20 to promote continued growth.”

Harold McGraw III, ICC Vice-Chairman; Chairman
and CEO of The McGraw Hill Companies

“There is huge potential for business to contribute to the G20 policy process and bring about real change with concrete steps such as the liberalisation of trade, which could have a positive impact on millions of people.”

ICC Secretary General Jean-Guy Carrier

“Companies from around Latin America have been very enthusiastic to take part in this process to make sure that the concerns of businesses in this region are brought to the table at the G20 Summit. With Mexico hosting the next G20 Summit, it is critical that we begin integrating the views and priorities of Mexican businesses.”

Pierre Froidevaux Chavan, Chairman of ICC Mexico

“The expanding policy of the G20 agenda directly affects business’s core goals for trade, economic growth and job creation. ICC aims to establish an ongoing public-private partnership to ensure that the input and priorities of companies driving the world economy are better reflected in government resolutions.”

Jeffrey Hardy, ICC G20 CEO Coordinator

Press release

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