Regional economies, employment, infrastructure and energy were some of the topics on the agenda when Argentine business leaders, ministers and governors attended the fifth edition of the B20 Business Leaders Forum in Patagonia.
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The summit took place in Windhoek, Namibia, from 16-18 August 2018. Among other issues, leaders discussed the socio-economic situation in the region, while Angola, as chair of the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation, reported on the state of peace and security. Particu-lar attention was paid to recent and forthcoming elections including in Zimbabwe, Madagascar, Eswatini and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Over the course of the Y20 Summit, the 46 official representatives from G20 countries will work on a document containing public policy recommendations that will be submitted for consideration by G20 leaders on 30 November and 1 December in Buenos Aires. Delegates will also work on the Social Innovation Warehouse, an international bank of scalable and replicable projects designed by young people that will serve as input for governments and organisations seeking to innovate in public policies for young people.
BRICS members were discussing the possibility of creating a new currency for payments within the bloc, said Anatoly Aksakov, who heads the Russian State Duma Financial Committee. A BRICS currency would have good prospects, “because the bloc possesses half of the world popula-tion, 30% of the world's industry and 40% of the world's agriculture, as well as the biggest natural resources deposits.”
The annual SADC Industrialisation Week was “a unique opportunity for regional public-private engagement aimed at fostering new opportunities for intra-regional trade and investment in the SADC region”, Namibia’s Industrialisation, Trade and SME Development Minister Tjekero Tweya said at the opening on 30 July in Windhoek. It precedes the Summit of the Heads of State and Government.
The theme is: “Promoting infrastructure development and youth empowerment for sustainable development”
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