ICC Secretary General provides G20 analysis in Finland
- Helsinki, 22 November 2011
At a post-G20 Summit event, organized on the occasion of ICC Finland’s annual general meeting, Jean-Guy Carrier, ICC Secretary General, told participants that protectionism was the wrong medicine for the global economy during this time of crisis.
In a keynote
speech to participants at the event entitled “Making sense of the global
economy 2012”, Mr Carrier said: “Now, more than ever, it is important to
stimulate growth through the uninhibited flow of goods and services.
Protectionism and an unlevel playing field can only be detrimental to trade and
open, modern societies like Finland.”
about the current global economy and presenting some key conclusions from the
recent B20 and G20 Summits held in Cannes earlier this month, Mr Carrier said
that ICC G20 efforts were showing solid progress as G20 leaders augment the
importance afforded to the business community: “This bodes well for our ongoing
effort to convey messages directly to G20 heads of state,” he said.
Syrjanen, Chair of ICC Finland, Martin Granholm, Vice-Chair of ICC Finland and
Casper von Koskull, a member of the ICC Finland Executive Board and Executive
Vice-President and Head of Wholesale Banking, Nordea, also spoke at the
two-day visit to Finland, Mr Carrier also met with Finish business leaders,
policymakers and ICC members. “The current crisis can only be resolved with the
contributions and involvement of the private sector,” he said.
interview with the leading Finnish business daily newspaper Kauppalehti, Mr
Carrier said that with Doha Round negotiations “on the rocks”, it was time to
find new ways of achieving results both in trade and in climate change
negotiations. “ICC has an important role to play at this time when a strong
business voice is needed,” he concluded.