The G20 has been instrumental to contain the adverse effects of the Great Recession so far. Going forward, the membership has devised comprehensive policy frameworks in a variety of areas and put forward substantial commitments to achieve a common objective of strong, sustainable and balanced growth. While remaining aware of the responsibility the G20 carries, in 2015, Turkey will attach utmost importance to strong cooperation and effective coordination among the membership. The 2015 Turkish Presidency, that kicked off on 1 December 2014, will continue to channel the influence of G20 to reach at concrete and beneficial outcomes for the global community.
15-16 November 2015 - G20 Antalya Leaders' Summit
ICC has been deeply engaged in the Business-20 (B20) process since the Seoul Summit in 2010, and has worked closely with B20 Turkey this year to formulate a set of 19 business recommendations. On 15-16 November 2015, G20 Leaders met in Antalya, Turkey, to outline a work program to determine further collective actions towards achieving strong, sustainable and balanced growth. Led by ICC First Vice Chairman Sunil Bharti Mittal and ICC Secretary General John Danilovich, members of the ICC G20 CEO Advisory Group met with world leaders to call for improved conditions for global investment and trade, reduced opportunities for corruption and creating a business environment that allows small and medium-sized enterprise (SMEs) to thrive. The Summit Communiqué, issued at the close of the Summit, emphasized G20 Leaders' resolve to ensure growth is robust and delineated a number of specific commitments closely relating to the 19 B20 Turkey recommendations delivered Turkish President Erdogan in September 2015.
ICC engagement in the G20 Antalya Leaders' Summit
3-5 September 2015 - B20 Conference in Ankara
More than 1,400 business leaders and CEOs from 65 countries descended on Ankara for the 2015 Business-20 (B20) Conference. The three-day event marked the completion of the development of this year's B20 recommendations and provided an opportunity for the business community to share business priorities with government officials and build momentum ahead of the G20 Summit in Antalya in November.
B20 Conference in Ankara
29 July 2015 - ICC Chairman Terry McGraw meets with Chinese Vice Premier
Mr McGraw met with Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang in Beijing in July to emphasize the role of business in the G20 process and to share B20 priorities in advance of the G20 Summit in Antalya in November. During the meeting, Mr McGraw conveyed that business views the G20 as a critical body for global economic governance and that the G20 continues to make steady progress in a number of areas that matter to international business.
ICC Chairman Terry McGraw meets with Chinese Vice Premier
10 June 2015 - ICC co-hosts B20 consultation with world chambers of commerce
To better engage Chambers of Commerce in preparations for the G20 Leaders Summit later this year, Business-20 (B20) Turkey organized a special G20/B20 session during the 9th World Chambers Congress. Leaders of Chambers of Commerce participated in B20 policy consultations in Torino, Italy, calling for governments to complete ratification of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), accelerate national implementation of TFA measures and intensify support to small and medium sized enterprises globally.
ICC co-hosts B20 consultation with world chambers of commerce
1-2 June 2015 - Business executives gather in Paris for 2nd joint B20 Turkey task force meetings
Members from the ICC G20 CEO Advisory Group participated in the second joint Business-20 (B20) task force meetings held at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris. The purpose of the meetings was to finalize business priorities for economic growth during the Turkish G20 presidency. ICC Secretary General John Danilovich participated in the closing B20-BIAC-OECD panel and shared thoughts on the importance of the G20 as a critical body in global economic governance and the potential of a strengthened G20-B20 dialogue with input from ICC and other international organizations.
Business executives gather in Paris for 2nd joint B20 Turkey task force meetings
29 May 2015 - ICC consults with Brazilian business leaders on G20 priorities
In preparation for the G20 Leaders Summit later this year, Business-20 (B20) Turkey organized the Brazil Regional Consultation Forum to explore the most pressing economic issues and policy priorities for businesses in Brazil and throughout the Latin America (LATAM) region. The high-level meeting was one in a series of ten B20 consultations with business leaders worldwide; the Brazilian meeting included 80 business executives and CEOs concerned with the G20 policy agenda and keen to engage with peers, set priorities and speak out on the issues most vital to business.
ICC consults with Brazilian business leaders on G20 priorities
27 May 2015 - Turkish government launches World SME Forum
Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey Ali Babacan announced the official launch of the World SME Forum (WSF), a major new initiative to drive the contributions of small- and medium-sized companies (SMEs) to global economic growth and employment. The newly established WSF provides a direct channel for G20 Leaders to mandate greater attention to and support for SMEs and is founded through a partnership between the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB), ICC and ICC's World Chambers Federation (WCF).
Turkish government launches World SME Forum
17 April 2015 - ICC rallies business community to amplify priorities for G20
ICC called on global business leaders to intensify discussions with G20 governments and to emphasize priorities for trade, investment and servicing small and medium-sized enterprises to grow the economy and increase jobs. The high-level B20 plenary session featured interventions from IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde, World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan, and Rifat Hisarcıklıoğlu, Chair of B20 Turkey. The B20 plenary was preceded by the inaugural meeting of the B20 International Business Advisory Council (IBAC). B20 Turkey also invited ICC to serve as its international secretariat for the IBAC, to be chaired by ICC Secretary General John Danilovich.
ICC rallies business community to amplify priorities for G20
10 April 2015 - B20 Turkey launches the International Business Advisory Council (IBAC)
B20 Turkey established the International Business Advisory Council (IBAC), at a kick-off meeting in Washington D. C., to enhance business dialogue and engagement with governments in advance of the G20 Antalya Summit and to deliver greater continuity between Summits. ICC was honoured to accept B20 Turkey Chairman Rifat Hisarcıklıoglu's invitation to serve as IBAC's international secretariat.
B20 Turkey launches the IBAC
10 April 2015 - B20 Turkey Regional Consultation Forum in Singapore
Prominent business leaders from Singapore and surrounding countries participated in the 4th B20 regional policy consultation in 2015. Co-hosted by ICC Singapore, the high-level meeting provided a channel for companies from the region to voice their views on business-related policies and issues ahead of the G20 Summit in Antalya in November.
B20 Turkey Regional Consultation Forum in Singapore
18 March 2015 - B20 Turkey Consultation Forum with ICC Leaders
Business leaders from Southeast Asia joined ICC leadership in Singapore on 18 March for the second B20 regional policy consultation in 2015. Presided by ICC Secretary General John Danilovich, the meeting gathered input from ICC governing bodies and international business leaders on policy priorities to help shape business recommendations ahead of the G20 Leaders Summit in November. The meeting included a presentation by the B20 Turkey Secretariat on Turkey's priorities, agenda and approach for the 2015 B20 process, as well as an update on the B20 task force work.
B20 Turkey Consultation Forum with ICC Leaders
22 February 2015 - B20 regional policy consultation in Jeddah
CEOs from the ICC G20 CEO Advisory Group participated in the regional B20 policy consultation in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, 22 February. Attended by Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan and B20 Turkey executive committee members as well as their Saudi counterparts, the event brought together around 130 business executives from the GCC countries. The purpose of the consultation was to gauge business priorities from Saudi Arabia and throughout the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region and feed these into the B20 policy recommendations that will be prepared ahead of the G20 Leaders Summit in November.
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9 - 10 February 2015 - B20 Turkey task force and G20 finance ministers meetings
ICC led a business delegation to the B20 Turkey task force kick-off event in Istanbul on 9 February. The purpose of the task force meetings was to review and discus “Induction reports”, which act as a starting point for 2015 task force work. The following day representatives of the ICC G20 CEO Advisory Group attended a meeting hosted by Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan to connect business, academic, and labour leaders with G20 finance ministers and Central Bank governors to set priorities for continued economic growth during the Turkish G20 presidency.
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15 December 2014 - B20 Launch meeting in Istanbul
ICC joined Turkish and international business leaders, key international business groups and government officials in Istanbul to launch preparations for the 2015 G20 Business (B20) Summit to take place on 14-15 November 2015 in Antalya, Turkey. Demonstrating an understanding of the valuable role the business community plays in the G20 process, Deputy Prime Minister H. E. Ali Babacan highlighted the importance of private sector investment to achieve economic growth. ICC Chairman Terry McGraw referring to the ongoing B20-G20 dialogue said, "Business stands ready to deliver real-world input to policy making, but making progress on our recommendations relies on resolve, collaboration and commitment from G20 leaders".
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28 - 29 August 2014 - ICC delegation and B20 Sherpa Sarp Kalkan meet with Deputy Prime Minister H.E. Ali Babacan
ICC Secretary General John Danilovich, Director of ICC G20 CEO Advisory Group Jeff Hardy, B20 Sherpa Sarp Kalkan met with with Deputy Prime Minister H.E. Ali Babacan and the next Chair of B20 and ICC Executive Board Member Mr Rifat Hisarcıklıoğlu. Mr Babacan warmly welcomed the ICC delegation to Ankara, where the Turkish elections had just elected Recep Tayyip Erdoğan as President and re-appointed Babacan as Deputy Prime Minister. Mr Danilovich stated that ICC has long contended that the wider, more inclusive G20 can more effectively tackle problems that transcend national boundaries and which governments are increasingly unable to resolve on their own. Mr Babacan also shared his plan for a series of ministerial level meetings to be held in Turkey during 2015, and invited ICC to coordinate business and CEO participation.
ICC delegation and B20 Sherpa Sarp Kalkan meet with Deputy Prime Minister H.E. Ali Babacan