In spring 2016, the German government mandated the leading German business associations, the Federation of German Industries (BDI), the Confederation of German Employers' Associations (BDA) and the Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DIHK), to organize B20 Germany. Since early September 2016, the official handover from B20 China to B20 Germany, over 700 representatives, spanning 39 countries, from leading business associations and companies, came together to contribute to the G20 process with their expertise and practical experience. Over the past ten months, the B20 Germany members, together with our partners and supporters, developed policy recommendations in five taskforces, two cross-thematic groups, and one initiative, which were constituted through a bottom-up process: Trade and Investment; Energy, Climate and Resource Efficiency; Financing Growth and Infrastructure; Digitalization; Employment and Education; Responsible Business Conduct and Anti-Corruption; and Small- and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs); and Health. Taken together, these issue areas both align with past priorities and reflect new initiatives introduced under the German presidency. B20 members worked tirelessly in the respective taskforces, cross-thematic groups, and in the initiative to provide the G20 with concrete and actionable policy recommendations, all under the leading theme of “Resilience, Responsibility, Responsiveness – Towards a Future-oriented, Sustainable World Economy.”
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