Istanbul is hosting a B20 Group meeting on April 27-28th. The group is the business advisory body elaborating recommendations for world leaders working in the G20 group. Employers of Poland are represented by Vicepresident Janusz Pietkiewicz.
The conference was organized as part of the Turkish presidency in G20 by the World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (with the Polish Information and Foreign Investment Agency among its members). The meeting is a continuation of sorts of the recent B20 forum in Washington, with focus on infrastructural investments.
Delegates and representatives of the private sector, universities and NGOs discussed current economic and political issues and their impact on the flow of global investments. The establishment of a platform dedicated to monitoring structural changes in member states was announced. The objective is to elaborate investment strategies to support economic growth all over the world. Particular emphasis is placed on infrastructure, public-private partnership and the development of SMEs.
Honorary guests included a.o. Ali Babacan, Turkish Deputy PM, who coordinates the Turkish presidency in G20; and Mukhisa Kituyi, Secretary General of the United Nations Conference for Trade and Deevelopment (UNCTAD). Erdal Bahçıvan, Chairman of the Industry Chamber in Istanbul and member of the B20 Executive Committee, as well as Neil Pryor, General Manager of Pepsi Co, were also present. The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) was represented by Célestin Monga, Managing Director. Representatives of the OECD and World Bank, as well as investment and business promotion agencies from all over the world also attended.