The G20 is the premier multilateral platform for global economic and financial issues. It has a rotating presidency, and this year, Argentina is the president of the G20. In that role, it is hosting a number of meetings with government officials (G20), business leaders (B20) and experts from think tanks (T20).
The T20 is an official sub-forum of the G20 process, responsible for contributing ideas and research to the G20 on global economic issues.
Think-20 (T20) was first initiated by the Mexican presidency in 2012 and has been continued by subsequent G20 presidencies. It serves as an “ideas bank” for the G20 by organizing the analysis of global think tanks and high-level experts on relevant international economic issues. Think-20 recommendations are synthesized into policy briefs and presented to G20 working groups, ministerial committees and leaders summits to help the G20 deliver concrete policy measures.
The Center of Implementation of Public Policy for Equality and Growth (CIPPEC) and Argentine Council for International Relations (CARI) have been appointed by the Argentine government as coordinators for the think tank activities for the year. The institutes will first host an Inception Workshop to kick of the T20 vision and strategy on February 1-2, 2018 in Buenos Aires, followed by several other international meetings, before eventually hosting the T20 Summit in Buenos Aires on September 16-18, 2018.
Gateway House has hosted T20 meetings during the 2017 German presidency, the 2016 Chinese presidency, and the 2015 Turkish presidency of the G20. These meetings brought together experts from think tanks working international economic governance and foreign economic policy issues, business leaders and relevant government officials from India and the G20 countries to Mumbai. For Gateway House, the meetings were the outcome of an institutional focus on geoeconomics as well as on-going research on international economic relations and global financial architecture.
At G20 2018, Argentina has announced several regional and international priorities that will guide its efforts, these include the Future of Work, Infrastructure for Development and A Sustainable Food Future. This meeting in Mumbai is an important indicator of the intellectual partnership and shared research objectives between Argentine and Indian think tanks, while presenting an opportunity to bring up new ideas and deliver concrete policy suggestions that can help Argentina achieve its vision for G20 in 2018.