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 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.
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.
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.
“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.”
McGraw III, ICC Vice-Chairman; Chairman
and CEO of The McGraw Hill
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
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
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
Jeffrey Hardy, ICC G20 CEO Coordinator