G-20 Framework Working Group at Varanasi

G-20 Framework Working Group (FWG) in its 3rd Meeting at Varanasi discusses the Current State of the Global Economy as well as G-20 agenda on Inclusive Growth and Reports on Strong, Sustainable and Balanced Growth & G-20 Enhanced Structural Reform Agenda among others.

The Ministry of Finance, Government of India along with Reserve Bank of India (RBI) hosted the two day 3rd Meeting of the G-20 Framework Working Group (FWG) in Varanasi (UP) on 28th and 29th of March, 2017.

The G-20 FWG is one of the core Working Group of G-20 and deliberates on matters related to global economy and on the policy co-ordination that is required between the major economies of the world to face global economic challenges. India co-chairs this group with Canada.

Dr. Paul Samson, the Canadian Co-chair of G-20 FWG drew the attention of the delegates on the three core areas of the discussion in the meeting which were (a) the IMF work on G-20 mandate on strong, sustainable and balanced growth; (b) the OECD work on G-20 structural reform agenda; and (c) G-20 agenda on inclusive growth.

Germany is presently holding the Presidency of G-20 this year. The German Presidency (represented by Dr. Andreas Lux, German Ministry of Finance and Dr. Felix Stefan Haupt, German Bundesbank) shared the aspiration of the German Presidency with regard to the expected outcomes from the agenda for FWG Varanasi.

The Opening Remark was followed by Session-I on “Global Economic Conjuncture and Outlook” wherein countries discussed on the current state of the global economy.

Session-II was focused on the update from IMF on the Report on Strong, Sustainable and Balanced Growth which is currently under preparation.

Session-III dealt with the draft OECD Report on G-20 Enhanced Structural Reform Agenda.

Sessions-IV and V were devoted to inclusive growth agenda given the tremendous policy focus of both advanced economies and emerging market economies on this agenda.

Session-IV focused on the updates from international organizations (that is, IMF, OECD, ILO and World Bank) on their analysis of the impact of inequality on economic growth and formulation of a G-20 framework on inclusive growth.

Session-V looked at the possibility of formulating an effective indicator for inclusive growth and the challenges associate therewith.

The last session of the meeting was focused on discussing the templates and timelines for 2017 Growth Strategy submissions by G-20 countries.

The 4th Meeting of G-20 FWG Meeting under the German Presidency will be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina.