12 June 2017
The Business 20, the official business dialogue of the G20, strongly welcomes the G20 Compact with Africa Initiative, which will be launched at the G20 Africa Conference, G20 Africa Partnership – Investing in a Common Future, in Berlin on June 12-13. More than 40 corporate leaders and presidents of business associations – chairs and co-chairs of the B20 working groups as well as the presidents of BDI, DIHK, and BDA – have voiced their support for the initiative and presented 10 High Level Recommendations to the G20.
The partnerships between the G20, interested African countries, and multilateral development banks are designed to promote investment in Africa by improving the macroeconomic, financial, and political environment. A survey among B20 members has shown that the main obstacles to investment are corruption, regulatory and political barriers, lack of infrastructure, legal uncertainty, and an inadequately trained workforce. The B20 calls on the G20 to tackle these barriers.
“Africa is a continent of vast opportunities but also many challenges. The Compact with Africa Initiative will upgrade the partnership between the G20 and individual African countries to a partnership of equals. The Compacts, if implemented wisely, can become a cornerstone in boosting economic growth and sustainable development in Africa,” Juergen Heraeus, Chair of B20 Germany, underlines.
COCIR fully supports the recommendations of the B20 Business Community for the G20 Africa partnership. In particular, we see Recommendation 4, on ‘Increasing Digital Connectivity’ as the opportunity to rapidly accelerate social development in Africa, particularly in developing modern, accessible healthcare infrastructure.
COCIR also welcome Recommendation 9 on ‘Advancing Health’. We believe that investment in digital connectivity in Recommendation 4 will radically improve the provision of healthcare in Africa. This in turn will meet the objective of expanding access to essential healthcare services and attracting private investment, strengthening healthcare systems and improving quality in delivering healthcare across the board.
The B20 recommendations focus, among others, on the investment environment, infrastructure, trade, employment and education, health, as well as good governance and anticorruption. For example, B20 recommends the preparation of country-specific investment facilitation plans, the creation of one-stop shops for investors, the strengthening of investment platforms that provide more information on infrastructure projects, and an extension of policy instruments to mitigate political risks through the multilateral development banks and the G20 countries.
“The B20 stands ready to assist the G20 and Compact countries in order to ensure a successful implementation of investment partnerships” said B20 Chair Jürgen Heraeus.
You can find the B20 Recommendations here.
The Business 20 (B20) is the official G20 dialogue with the global business community. B20 German is organized by the Federation of German Industries (BDI), the Confederation of German Employers’ Associations (BDA), and the Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DIHK). The B20 is headed by B20 Chair Juergen Heraeus (Heraeus Holding). He is assisted by the three members of the Executive Committee Dieter Kempf, President of BDI, Eric Schweitzer, President of DIHK, and Ingo Kramer, President of BDA, as well as B20 Sherpa Stormy-Annika Mildner. B20 Germany has more than 700 members from all sectors and all G20 members, representing the entire G20 business community.
COCIR is the European Trade Association representing the medical imaging, health ICT and electromedical industries. Founded in 1959, COCIR is a non-profit association headquartered in Brussels (Belgium) with a China Desk based in Beijing since 2007. COCIR is unique as it brings together the healthcare, IT and telecommunications industries.
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