December 14, 2017
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Macri in Hamburg for G20 summit

A sign in German, reading “President Macri, don’t sell our Argentina” is held up from a bridge during a protest against G20 leaders in Hamburg.

Administration says it will seek to be a ‘bridge’ when it hosts 2018 event

The Mauricio Macri administration hailed Argentina’s upcoming presidency of the G20 as an opportunity to bring a Latin American perspective to the influential world grouping, ahead of the summit that kicks off today in Hamburg, Germany.

Cabinet Chief Marcos Peña told a press conference yesterday that Buenos Aires would seek to be “a bridge between various realities” in order to find points in common at the 2018 G20 summit. Peña said that it would be an occasion for Latin American countries to “contribute their point of view, so that there be debate

and that it not only be a G20 about Argentina, but also with a regional point of view.” Mexico and Brazil are the only other Latin American countries in the G20 and Argentina assumes the presidency in December of this year.

The Cabinet chief was speaking ahead of the summit hosted by Germany which comes soon after the tense G7 summit in Italy.

President Mauricio Macri said yesterday that he had “good” expectations for the G20 summit. In an appearance at the Global Citizen Festival, the president said “nothing is more important for our future than education...globalisation and technological changes are casting a shadow of doubt about future employment. Today we have to educate our children for jobs that don’t even exist. Education systems need to expand, to innovate, to be ready to change. And we have to do all this together, with a lot of dialogue. Only all countries together will achieve the goals of peace, ending poverty and tackling climate change.”

Treasury Minister Nicolás Dujovne told the Télam news agency that “the primary aim that the G20 has today is to maintain certain consensuses and the unity of the group.” The minister, who is a also a key member of the organisation for the G20 summit in 2018, noted he hoped that rising US protectionism not block a consensus statement and that “trade continue to be seen as a source of growth.”

Dujovne nonetheless noted that previous matters that had seen agreements such as climate change are now being challenged, implying more work for the group.

US President Donald Trump has announced Washington’s intention to withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change, whereas the rest of the countries in the G20 has noted that it intends to honour their commitment.

Macri met with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Norwegian Prime Minsiter Erna Solberg last night, and is set to have bilateral meetings with French President Emmanuel Macron, UK Prime Minister Theresa May, Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, South African President Jacob Zuma and European Council President Daniel Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in the coming days.

Herald staff

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