B20 International Trade and Investment Forum

B20 International Trade and Investment Forum

1 June, 11:00–12:15

The B20 International Trade and Investment Forum is a joint event of the B20, the German Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations, and the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs engaging various stakeholders participating in SPIEF 2017 in discussions on international trade and investment. Heads of major companies and business associations, senior government officials from B20 countries, high-ranking representatives of international organizations, and experts will discuss the B20’s recommendations to government leaders on increasing the transparency and effectiveness of international trade and investment policies. This session will enhance the involvement of business leaders, authorities, and the media in public discussion of B20 recommendations in the area of international trade and investment.
• Reinforcement of the WTO rules-based multilateral trading regimes
• Creation of favourable conditions for facilitating digital trade
• Bolstering a legislative framework for digital trade development
• Creation of a regulatory environment encouraging the investment required for sustainable growth
• Alignment of approaches towards multilateral investment regimes


Key moments

Only equal partnership as part of a WTO rules-based trade system can ensure global economic growth and improve living standards.
Svetlana Lukash
Deputy Head of the Presidential Experts Directorate, Sherpa G20 Russian Federation
Let us not forget that globalization is not only fraught with much-publicized risks, but also presents opportunities. We cannot survive without global trade.
Alexey Mordashov
Chairman of the Board of Directors, Severstal
As a business, we should not simply demand open markets and turn a blind eye to the challenge of globalization. We need to contribute to a future orientated and sustainable world economy.
Jurgen Heraeus
Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Heraeus Holding GmbH; Chairman, B20 Presidency of the Federal Republic of Germany
We must work with all stakeholders to make sure that society is also receptive to proposals from business.
Alexander Shokhin
President, Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSPP)
In my opinion, the role of G20 and that of business must change. In fact, the world is entering a phase of serious technological transformations that pose challenges for all markets, for the global economy – for all of us. Business should make its position on those challenges and its responses to them clear to the G20 leaders.
Arkady Dvorkovich
Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation
Business should help G20 increase its influence on global policy, naturally by using the UN tools established by international agreements.
Arkady Dvorkovich
Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation
Companies really have to take responsibility not only for customers, for employees, for shareholders but also for the communities in which they operate. This is not only about corporate social responsibility and marketing.
Hans-Paul Buerkner
Chairman, The Boston Consulting Group