B20 brings together business leaders in northern Argentina

High government officials and businessmen attended the B20 Business Leaders Forum today in the province of Salta.

The Business 20, the G20-associated civil society group that brings together the international private sector, convened representatives from different business sectors today in the northern province of Salta, in its first Business Leaders Forum of 2018.

The forum aims to bring the B20 to different parts of the country, so that regional businesspeople can be part of the group’s work, which will culminate in a series of recommendations presented to the G20 leaders.

Juan Manuel Urtubey, Governor of Salta, gave the closing remarks of the event. In his speech he mentioned the importance of bringing the issues of the Argentine productive sector to the B20 agenda. “We must make the most of the opportunity of hosting the G20 in our country,” he said. “Having businessmen from the region (participate in the group) will deeply enrich the B20 conversation.”

The forum began with opening remarks by Gustavo Sáenz, Mayor of Salta city; and José Urtubey, a business leader from the Argentine northwest. Afterwards, Daniel Funes de Rioja, B20 chair, and Mariano Mayer, Argentine Secretary of Entrepreneurs & SMEs, highlighted the B20 as a forum for debate and dialogue for the private sector.

“For us, the participation of the business community from Argentina’s provinces is crucial to this process,” said Daniel Funes de Rioja. “The themes on the B20 agenda are aligned with the central priorities defined for the Argentine presidency of the G20.”

A second panel discussed the B20 agenda. Funes de Rioja took the stage with Daniel Pelegrina, president of the Argentine Rural Society; Gustavo Weiss, president of the Argentine Chamber of Construction; Miguel Acevedo, president of the Argentine Industrial Union; and Jorge Pablo Brito, president of the Argentine Banking Association, who are part of the B20 leadership.

Afterwards, a second panel centred on the three priorities of the Argentine G20 presidency. Moderated by Carolina Castro, executive sherpa of B20 Argentina, it featured leaders of B20 working groups which included Inés Berton, founder of Tealosophy; Fernando Lago, director at the Argentine Chamber of Construction; Daniel Pelegrina, president of the Argentine Rural Society; and Sergio Kaufman, CEO of Accenture Argentina.

There was also a panel on the role of engagement groups within the G20, which featured Andrea Grobocopatel of the Women 20 (W20) and Julia Pomares of the Think 20 (T20).

The city of Salta is among 11 Argentine cities that will host G20 events in 2018. It will host the ministers from the Digital Economy work stream on August 23-24, as well as the working group meeting from that stream during the previous days.

About Engagement Groups

The B20 is one of seven independent engagement groups comprised of civil society organizations from the G20 member countries. These groups convene in tandem with the G20 and ensure that the position of civil society on important issues is taken on board by the G20 leaders.

About the G20

The G20 started out in 1999 as a meeting of finance ministers and central bank governors. In 2008, amidst the global financial crisis, it evolved into what it is today: a major forum that seeks to develop global policies to address the world’s most pressing issues. The G20 summits are attended by the heads of state and government of 19 of the world’s leading economies and the EU. Together, the G20 members represent 85% of global GDP, two-thirds of the world’s population, and 75% of international trade.