CIGI and TEPAV are co-hosting the Think20 (T20) conference in Ottawa from May 3-5th, 2015. The conference will focus on Turkey’s G20 Agenda in the fall of 2016, while prioritizing issues that include:
- strengthening multilateral institutions
- enhancing special drawing rights in a reformed monetary system
- emerging countries’ role in the G20
- global macroeconomic imbalances and macroprudential regulation
- managing severe sovereign debt crises
- structural financial reforms on global finance
- environmental and sustainability risks through financial regulatory reforms
Turkey’s G20 agenda builds on the previous Australian presidency while also expanding the G20’s reach, attempting to make the forum more relevant for the rest of the world. This year’s presidency is focused on three “i’s”: implementation, investment, and inclusiveness. The first two build on previous accomplishments. Implementation aims to ensure that the G20 follows through on its previous commitments, including the growth strategies in the Brisbane Action Plan and financial regulatory reforms. Investment supports progress made during the Australian presidency on the G20’s infrastructure agenda and seeks to expand on it by establishing country-specific investment strategies. Inclusiveness is the attempt to leave a legacy in the G20 process; it focuses on ensuring that global growth benefits for marginalized groups are included in the G20’s conversations, including low-income developing countries, small and medium-sized enterprises, and youth. Against this backdrop, the T20 Ottawa Conference shall discuss whether Turkey’s G20 agenda is sufficiently ambitious while being realistic.
CIGI Participants include:
Rohinton P. Medhora is president of the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), joining in 2012. Previously, he was vice president of programs at Canada’s International Development Research Centre. He received his doctorate in economics in 1988 from the University of Toronto, where he subsequently taught. His fields of expertise are monetary and trade policy, international economic relations and development economics.
James M. Boughton is a CIGI Senior Fellow. He is a former historian of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), a role he held from 1992 to 2012. From 2001 to 2010, he also served as assistant director in the Strategy, Policy, and Review Department at the IMF. At CIGI, James’s research focuses on the evolution of Canada’s role in international governance since the 1940s and the potential for further evolution in the near future.
Paul Jenkins is the Interim Director of the Global Economy Program. He provides strategic advice to the Global Economy program, including activities related to CIGI’s partnership with the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET) and broader macroeconomic issues. His own research focuses on international policy coordination and financial stability, with a particular interest in the G20. From 2003 to 2010, he served as senior deputy governor of the Bank of Canada.
Malcolm D. Knight is a CIGI Distinguished Fellow. He is also deputy chair of the board of directors of Payments Canada, visiting professor of finance at the London School of Economics and a director of the Global Risk Institute in Financial Services.
Barry Carin is a CIGI Senior Fellow. He has served in a number of senior official positions in the Government of Canada and played an instrumental role in developing the initial arguments for the G20 and a leader’s level G20. Barry brings institutional knowledge and experience to his research at CIGI on the G20, international development, energy and climate change.
Olaf Weber is a CIGI senior fellow. His research with CIGI focuses on sustainability and the banking sector. He is currently associate professor and program director of the Master’s Program in Sustainability Management as well as professor in the School of Environment, Enterprise and Development at the University of Waterloo. Since 2010, Olaf has held the Export Development Canada Chair in Environmental Finance.