The end of this week Australia will see world leaders arriving for the G20 Leaders’ Summit.
As host, it has been up to Australia to make sure the meeting isn’t just a high-level talk-fest. We are determined that world leaders use their influence to deliver the economic growth, jobs and financial stability that will benefit billions globally – including Australians.
The focus is squarely on reforms that will make a real difference, empowering the private sector to grow, create jobs and be more productive and prosperous.
The centrepiece of Australia’s host year is the G20’s commitment to boost economic growth by an additional 2 per cent over five years. This is the first time the G20 has agreed to such a target, and members are now 90 per cent of the way to hitting it. Achieving this goal would add over $2 trillion dollars and millions of additional jobs to the global economy.
This commitment is important because while economic growth isn’t the solution to every problem, every problem is easier to solve if we have good economic growth.
Australia’s host year has also seen significant work being done to promote private-sector investment in the ports, railways, roads and other infrastructure that boosts productivity and makes trade and business easier. G20 members have agreed to a major push globally to remove barriers and create incentives that make it easier for this investment to occur.
Other highlights include work to close global tax loopholes, in a bid to see that big business pays its fair share of tax in the places where it makes its profits, with G20 members agreeing to start sharing information to expose tax cheats.
The G20 nations are responsible for 85 per cent of global GDP and 75 per cent of global trade, and are home to two-thirds of the world’s people.
That means the decisions G20 leaders make in Brisbane in this weekend will have global impact, when implemented domestically.
The G20 has an important role to play. The global economy remains weak. There has been a shortfall of investment in infrastructure, a lack of employment opportunities globally and trade growth has not returned to its pre-GFC levels.
The G20 is also the only institution that puts the largest developed economies around the table with the largest emerging economies, so that the benefits of reform can be shared by all.