This event is part of a series of meetings the ICC G20 CEO Advisory Group has held since 2011. Global consultations give local businesses the opportunity to be heard and to channel their priorities into the G20 process.
Hosted by the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) and the Sydney Chamber of Commerce, the ICC G20 Sydney policy consultation was held amongst a series of roundtable meetings with Australian business leaders and government officials.The event facilitated the input of Australian business views into policy recommendations for the G20 Summit in St. Petersburg in September, and marked the beginning of ICC's planning process for the next G20 Summit in Brisbane in November 2014.
ICC facilitated earnest and intelligent discourse to explore key policy issues of importance to local business leaders. Notable topics included: trade, particularly implementation of aspects of the ICC World Trade Agenda; the need for the G20 to moderate financial regulation; the need for a better balance to public finance; the need to increase private investment in infrastructure; the global challenges of youth unemployment; and the necessity of implementing tangible solutions to the Doha trade negotiations.
Harold (Terry) McGrawIII, ICC Chairman headed up a congregation that exemplified the ICC network at it's finest, combining centrally-driven policy initiatives with the expertise and influence of national committees operating at the doorstep of national governments.
The list of key participants included: Richard Holyman, President, ACCI; Peter Anderson, Chief Executive, ACCI; Peter McMullin, President, Victorian Employers' Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VECCI);Mark Stone, Chief Executive, VECCI; Bryan Clark, Chief Executive, ICC Australia; The Hon. Patricia Forsythe, Executive Director, Sydney Chamber of Commerce; Terry Wetherall, President, New South Wales Business Chamber; John Atkins, Vice President, Chamber of Commerce and Industry Western Australia (CCIWA); Brett Moller, Board Director, Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ); and Jeffrey Hardy, Director, ICC G20 CEO Advisory Group.
The Sydney policy consultation facilitated the input of Australian business views into policy recommendations to be presented to heads of state during the G20 Summit in St. Petersburg, 5-6 September.
Australian Chamber leaders also committed to encouraging participation by local member companies in the work of the ICC policy commissions, ICC Court of Arbitration and special projects like BASIS, BASCAP and the ICC World Trade Agenda.
Outcomes from this policy meeting will serve as a foundation for continued work and collaboration over the next year in preparation for B20 and G20 Summits in Australia, ensuring that ICC Policy priorities are imbedded in the local work program and that Australian business views are included into ICC's broader messages to the G20.
"ICC has been instrumental in G20 business policy development since the Seoul G20 Summit and we are keen to continue to play a key role as Australia takes over the G20 presidency at the end of this year. We are here in Australia to encourage the G20 to lead the way in lowering trade barriers and unlocking jobs and growth."
Harold (Terry) McGrawIII, Chairman, ICC and
Chairman, President, CEO, McGraw Hill Financial
"The G20 Summit in Brisbane provides the perfect occasion to create new opportunities for Australian industry to access new markets. ACCI favours international affairs policies that will help Australian business reach export markets through closer integration of commercial and economic supply chains."
Peter Anderson, Chief Executive, Australian
Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI)