April 29th, 2010 | ewdialogue
Shaping the G20 Agenda in Asia: The 2010 Seoul Summit
With contributions by
- Il SaKong (Chairman of the Presidential Committee for the G20 Summit, Republic of Korea)
- Amar Bhattacharya (Director of the G24 Secretariat)
- Mahani Zainal Abidin (Director-General and CEO, Institute of Strategic and International Studies, Malaysia)
- Marcus Noland (Peterson Institute for International Economics and East-West Center)
In this issue:
Looking Toward the 2010 G20 Summit
Il SaKong, Chairman of the Presidential Committee for the G20 Summit, Republic of Korea, describes Korea’s hopes for the G20 process and the potential for the summit to be an effective forum and viable institution for international economic cooperation. Korea and its partners suggest that the Seoul G20 Summit will be the place to tackle several mid- and long-term policy issues including financial safety nets, development-related economic issues, reform of international financial institutions, and resisting protectionism. Substantial progress on these issues would pave the way toward global economic reform and establish the credibility and effectiveness of the G20 process..
Enhancing the G20’s Inclusion and Outreach
Amar Bhattacharya, Director, G24 Secretariat, agrees that South Korea has the potential to play a key role in not only addressing issues raised in 2009, but also in bringing the concerns of emerging markets and developing countries to the G20 agenda.
The G20: Just Another Annual Get-Together of Leaders?
Mahani Zainal Abidin, Director-General and Chief Executive Officer, Institute
of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS), Malaysia, expresses skepticims that the G20 is
capable of enabling global economic reforms or helping to prevent future crises.
Vying for the G20’s Attention
Marcus Noland, Deputy Director and Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics, and Senior Fellow, East-West Center, praises the program outlined for the Seoul Summit, but cautions that other issues may supersede this optimistic agenda.