The 4th edition of the Global Business Coalition Plenary Meeting took place on February 12-13, in Washington, D.C., and was hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

At the closed-door meeting, members of the Coalition held discussions on:

– The outcome of the 2017 B20/ G20 German Presidency and the priorities for the international business community for 2018, in the context of the Argentinian B20/ G20 Presidency and the Canadian B7/ G7 Presidency

– The international economic and political trends within the G20 economies. Topics that received special attention included, multilateral trade, skills development and inclusive growth, digitalization, infrastructure, tax reforms, and labor reforms

– The initiatives of the Global Business Coalition (GBC) in the field of resource efficiency and circular economy and its efforts in supporting progress on related issues within the B20 and B7 processes

The event was also an opportunity for GBC members to discuss US policy orientations and to interact with some representatives of the US Administration, including Everett Eissenstat, US G20 Sherpa, Deputy Director of the National Economic Council and Deputy Assistant to the President for International Economic Affairs and Steven Mnuchin, Secretary of the US Treasury.

GBC members interact with Everett Eissenstat, US G20 Sherpa (above) and Steven Mnuchin, Secretary of the US Treasury (below)

The meeting was attended by twelve members of the Global Business Coalition including, BusinessEurope (BE), Canadian Chamber of Commerce (CCC), Confederation of British Industry (CBI), Confederation of Employers and Industries of Spain (CEOE), Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), CONFINDUSTRIA, Federation of German Industries (BDI), French Business Federation (MEDEF), National Confederation of Industry Brazil (CNI), Turkish Industry and Business Association (TUSIAD), and Union Industrial Argentina (UIA).