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G20 Summit 2014: SAIIA materials

Written by SAIIA
Brisbane, Australia where the 2014 G-20 Summit will be held. Brisbane, Australia where the 2014 G-20 Summit will be held. Photo © Chris Lofqvist/ Flickr

Ahead of ninth annual Summit of the Group of 20 (G-20) nations, to be held in Brisbane from 15- 16 November, SAIIA has made a range of useful materials available. From the facts about the G-20, to the issues likely to arise at the Summit, the experts and resources below can assist journalists, commentators and researchers prepare to follow the event.

G-20 Commentary

Read a scene-setting SAIIA op-ed on the issues likely to arise at the Summit, ‘The 2014 G-20 Summit: Maximising growth, revenue and stability.’

For insights on the representation of African interests in the G-20, read 'G-20 and Africa: Time for More Effective Participation'.

For an African perspective on the Australian presidency of the grouping, see 'G20: Crossing the Divide'.

Key G-20 resources

SAIIA multimedia resources

Watch a series of SAIIA videos on the G20:
SAIIA Online Briefing: G-20 2013: Overview
SAIIA Online Briefing: G-20 2013: What to Expect
SAIIA Online Briefing: G-20 2013: Labour20
SAIIA Online Briefing: G-20 2013: Youth20
SAIIA Online Briefing: G-20 2013: Civil20

SAIIA Expertise available

  • Peter Draper (G-20 growth targets, G-20 trade, SA’s role in G-20)
  • Wolfe Braude (G-20 growth targets, G-20 and tax reforms)
  • Catherine Grant Makokera (G-20 and Africa, G-20 and infrastructure, G-20 and development)
  • Christopher Wood (G-20 and Africa, Financial regulation)
  • SAIIA will also have a presence at the Summit in Brisbane, and limited interviews will be possible by email.


For more information or to arrange for interviews please contact Ms. Kelly Davids on +27 11 339 2021 ext 121 or

Click here for the materials from a G-20 Study Group on Tax, 20 October 2014, with Judge Dennis Davis.

Key issues ahead of the G20 Summit:

Employment: The International Labour Organization estimates that 62 million more workers would be employed if the world economy had continued on its pre-Global Financial Crisis path. In September the G20 agreed to develop actions to boost employment, lift workforce participation and help long-term and youth unemployment.

Economic Growth: Earlier this year, G20 members committed to new measures aimed at raising their output by at least an additional 2% in the next five years. This could boost global GDP by over $2 trillion and create millions of additional jobs.

Development: This is an issue directly relevant to the group, as two thirds of the world’s poor live in G20 countries. It is also very relevant to South Africa, with its extremely high levels of inequality and the underdevelopment which exists in parallel to high levels of development.

Tax: The G20 is strongly committed to protecting the integrity of national tax systems. It also wants to ensure that developing countries benefit from its G20’s tax agenda. It is expected that the 2014 G20 Summit will outline implementation plans for the automatic exchange of tax information.

South Africa set a valuable precedent for including the voices of other African countries during its hosting of the BRICS Summit in 2013. Extending this to the G20 is of relevance to South Africa in that it would assist South Africa to balance its national and continental G20 related interests.

Quick Facts on the G-20

G20 members represent almost:

  • 85% of global GDP
  • 75% of international global-trade
  • Two-thirds of the world's population
  • 84% of all fossil fuel emissions are produced by G-20 countries

South Africa is the only permanent African member of the G-20.

Who are the G-20?

The G-20 brings together 20 members: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the United States and the European Union. Representatives from the African Union and the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad) are also invited to participate.

G-20 Meetings with Heads of State since inception:

  • Washington D.C., United States in November 2008
  • London, United Kingdom in April 2009
  • Pittsburgh, United States in September 2009
  • Toronto, Canada in June 2010
  • Seoul, Republic of Korea in November 2010
  • Cannes, France in November 2011
  • Los Cabos, Mexico in June 2012
  • St. Petersburg, Russia in September 2013
  • Brisbane, Australian 2014

To follow the Twitter discussion on the G-20 and Africa, see #G20SA.

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