Argentine President Mauricio Macri in Davos.

Casa Argentina hosted kick off events linked to the G20 over the last few days in Davos during the World Economic Forum. These engagement groups were created to foster relationships between G20 officials and leaders of priority sectors that hope to work together in discussions on improvements within the industries.

BUSINESS20 (B20)

The B20 will represent the interests of the private sector throughout 2018 in preparation for the G20 summit at the end of the year. Within the World Economic Forum, they found an ideal platform for their message of uniting international business leaders.

B20 Leader Daniel Funes de Rioja commented on the group as “an opportunity to reaffirm the convictions of the Argentine businessman in the importance of fair trade, inclusive growth, and sustainable development.”

Treasury Minister Nicolas Dujovne, B20 Leader Daniel Funes de Rioja, meet with Executive Director of Global Apprenticeship Network Shea GoPaul
Treasury Minister Nicolas Dujovne, B20 Leader Daniel Funes de Rioja, meet with Executive Director of Global Apprenticeship Network Shea GoPaul

 

Funes de Rioja also said that the B20 has a “strong commitment” to develop sound and realistic policy recommendations that can be taken into consideration by G20 leaders and subsequently implemented.

Argentine representatives as part of the B20 taskforce included Eduardo Elsztain (Grupo IRSA-Banco Hipotecario), Marcelo Mindlin (Pampa Energía), Flavia Alves (Facebook), and Victor Dosoretz (International Chamber of Commerce Argentina).

The group will look to address several priorities for businesses including employment and education, digital economy, the financing of growth, infrastructure, investments, sustainable energy, sustainable food systems, developments of small and medium enterprises.

WOMEN20 (W20)
W20 leaders including, Andrea Grobocopatel, Susana Balbo, Carolina Stanley, Vice President Gabriela Michetti, and First Lady Juliana Awada
W20 leaders including, Andrea Grobocopatel, Susana Balbo, Carolina Stanley, Vice President Gabriela Michetti, First Lady Juliana Awada, and Katarina Barley

 

In his remarks earlier today addressing the Forum as G20 Chair, Macri affirmed there will be a “cross-sectional focus” on gender inclusion at the G20 Summit, stating “We should all continue working and the best way is to debate and find tools that help everyone.”

After meeting female political leaders like German Prime Minister Angela Merkel and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands, the President and First Lady Juliana Awada met with several key women in leadership, including Facebook Executive Sheryl Sandberg.

First Lady Juliana Awada, Facebook Executive Sheryl Sandberg, President Macri, and Buenos Aires City Chief of Government Horacio Rodriguez Larreta
First Lady Juliana Awada, Facebook Executive Sheryl Sandberg, President Macri, and Buenos Aires City Chief of Government Horacio Rodriguez Larreta

During these meetings, Juliana Awada underscored the importance that women have an “active presence” both in the political and business realms. “It’s important that all of us are involved in the work of W20 because it is an opportunity to raise our voices to the G20 and generate advances in the empowerment of women and gender equality,” she said.

In addition to business leaders, Macri also met with Nobel Peace Prize winner and Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai. Yousafzai is most well-known for her advocacy for the education of women and girls which Macri has repeatedly stated will be addressed as a priority in the G20 Summit.

President Macri meets with Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai
President Macri meets with Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai

 

Gender equality has been highlighted in this year’s G20 Mission Statement: “As a result of structural inequality, policy action has different implications for women and men. That is why it is mandatory for our presidency to foster a gender mainstreaming strategy across the whole G20 agenda.

“We know that the only way to achieve truly fair and sustainable development is by ensuring that women and men will benefit equality from it. We will boost women’s empowerment, the elimination of gender disparities in employment, science, technology, and education, and protection from all forms of gender-based violence.”