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G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors meet in Sydney, Australia, in February 2014 (AP Photo/Jason Reed).

The Group of Twenty (G20) research theme focuses on addressing gaps in global governance; discussing policy issues critical to Canada’s position and role in the global economy; penetrating policy circles internationally; and gaining leverage through strategic partnerships. More broadly, the G20 is a premier forum for Canada to regularly engage with global leaders where it can contribute to its longstanding efforts towards a more equitable governance framework. CIGI’s G20 research cuts across several program themes, due to the wide scope of the G20 itself.

Acknowledged as a central area of CIGI’s expertise, the G20 research stream in its early days is credited for having provided the analytical underpinning for the elevation of the G20 to the leaders’ level. CIGI convened its first G20-focused group in December 2009, when it helped lay the groundwork for the forum to expand from national finance ministers to leaders. Since then, CIGI has proactively engaged with the G20 rotating chairs with the aim to influence their summit agendas through the provision of high-level, policy-relevant advice. 


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Think 20 (T20) conveners urge G20 leaders to address financial stability and climate change

Tuesday, 5 May 2015
The T20 has concluded its meeting in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, with a bold statement outlining the T20’s intended role moving forward, and key recommendations for the G20 Turkish Presidency for 2015. The statement is available at:

Press Conference: Outcomes of the Think 20 (T20) Meeting Ottawa, Canada

Tuesday, 5 May 2015
Press Conference - May 5, 2015. The Think 20 (T20) concluded its meeting in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada held May 3-5 with a press conference outlining its intended role moving forward, and key recommendations for the G20 Turkish Presidency for 2015.

Think 20 (T20) conveners present Ottawa meeting outcomes for G20 consideration

Tuesday, 5 May 2015
Developed under the joint responsibility of the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and The Economic Policy Research Foundation of Turkey (TEPAV) as convenors of the T20 Ottawa Conference held May 3-5, 2015, the following summary is offered on the outcomes of the meeting and recommendations for the G20 ahead of the G20 summit in Antalya, Turkey in November of this year.

Strengthening the Multilateral Institutions: A G20 Priority

Monday, 4 May 2015
The Right Honourable Paul Martin
This article is based on a speech delivered by the Right Honourable Paul Martin on May 4, 2015, at the Think 20 (T20) conference held in Ottawa from May 3 to 5, 2015. Jointly hosted by The Economic Policy Research Foundation of Turkey (TEPAV) and the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), the conference focuses on Turkey’s G20 agenda, with the aim to summarize the T20’s contributions in the area of monetary and financial cooperation ahead of the G20 summit in Antalya, Turkey in November 2015.

IMF Spring Meetings in Washington: CIGI global economy experts available for interview

Friday, 10 April 2015
Waterloo, Canada – The Global Economy Program team of the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) is onsite for the IMF Spring Meeting events in Washington from April 12-19, with experts available to media for interviews and commentary.

International Regulatory Cooperation on the Resolution of Financial Institutions: Where Does India Stand?

Wednesday, 8 April 2015
Renuka Sane
The 2008 financial crisis led to the renewed realization that close linkages between financial firms can also cause large-scale disruption when financial firms fail. This paper provides a brief description of the principles of cross-border resolution that have emerged since 2008 and an overview of developments on resolution of financial firms in India. The policy choices of India may be reflective of the thinking in a large number of emerging markets, which lag considerably behind more developed markets.

Emerging Countries and Basel III: Why Is Engagement Still Low?

Friday, 13 March 2015
Andrew Walter
In response to the recent global financial crisis, membership of key institutions for international standard setting, notably the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (BCBS), expanded to include emerging countries. However, with some exceptions, official and private sector actors from these countries still exhibit low levels of engagement with international financial standard setting. This is due to a combination of related factors: an elite network of developed country regulators that continue to set the BCBS agenda; a relative paucity of regulatory knowledge and resources in emerging countries; and low mobilization by emerging country private actors on BCBS proposals. This paper recommends a series of measures to improve emerging country engagement.

Emerging Countries and Implementation: Brazil’s Experience with Basel’s Regulatory Consistency Assessment Programme

Tuesday, 10 March 2015
Fernanda Martins Bandeira
In 2012, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision opened its membership to key emerging markets to encourage international participation in the Basel rule-making process and commitment to implementation of its standards. This paper examines recent Brazilian experience and brings to light some of the gaps that must be filled in order to serve the interests of a broader range of actors in the international regulatory landscape.

Internationalization of the Renminbi: Developments, Problems and Influences

Tuesday, 3 March 2015
Ming Zhang
Due to the 2008-2009 global financial crisis, the Chinese government began to promote renminbi (RMB) internationalization in order to raise its international status, decrease reliance on the US dollar and advance domestic structural reform. This internationalization has achieved progress not only in cross-border trade settlement, but also in the offshore RMB markets. However, the rampant cross-border arbitrage and the relatively slow development of RMB invoicing compared to RMB settlement are becoming increasingly problematic.

New Thinking and the New G20

Friday, 27 February 2015
These papers are an output of a project that aims to promote policy and institutional innovation in global economic governance in two key areas: governance of international monetary and financial relations and international collaboration in financial regulation. With authors from eight countries, the 11 papers in this series will add to existing knowledge and offer original recommendations for international policy cooperation and institutional innovation.
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