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The German G20 presidency

Since 2009, the Group of 20 (G20) has been the main global forum for international economic cooperation, giving governments the opportunity to discuss and agree on economic and fiscal policy measures. Its members include the 19 leading advanced and emerging countries and the European Union. On 1 December 2016, Germany assumed the G20 presidency for a period of one year. This website contains information on the organisation and work of the G20, including details on the G20’s fiscal policy agenda, the schedule for the German presidency and key meetings in the Finance Track.

G20 Sum­mit: Re­sults in the Fi­nance Track

Financial issues were high on the agenda of the G20 summit of heads of state and government in Hamburg. The G20 finance ministers met at an informal working dinner held on the margins of the summit. The G20 reaffirmed their commitment to international economic and financial cooperation and to the objective of strong, sustainable, balanced and inclusive growth.

G20 Fi­nance Track doc­u­ments

G20 decisions may not be legally binding, but they do have a strong political influence and can provide impetus for reforms on the national and multinational level. Here you can find a selection of communiqués from the G20 meetings of finance ministers and central bank governors since 2008, as well as other relevant G20 working papers (available for download in PDF format).

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  • G20 Com­pact with Africa

    The G20 Africa Partnership is a central project of Germany’s G20 presidency. A key pillar of the G20 Africa Partnership is the Compact with Africa, an initiative within the G20 Finance Track to promote private investment and investment in infrastructure which is coordinated by the German Federal Finance Ministry. Learn more about this initiative in our dedicated Compact with Africa section.

  • Glob­al Class­room

    Hamburg will not only be the place to be for Heads of State and Government on 7/8 July 2017. We are delighted to welcome the winners of the “Global Classroom in the G20 Finance Track”. This joint initiative of the Federal Ministry of Finance and the Joachim Herz Foundation brings together 750 school students from around the world to work together on G20 financial topics.

  • Safer, sim­pler, fair­er

    In advance of the G20 Summit the German G20 presidency requested the Financial Stability Board (FSB) to explain the G20 reforms to the financial system. How have the G20 countries managed to rebuild the financial system after the global financial crisis a decade ago? And what is needed to maintain a financial system that best serves society?

  • G20 Africa con­fer­ence

    On 12-13 June 2017 the conference “G20 Africa Partnership: Investing in a Common Future” took place in Berlin. A total of 800 guests, including 11 heads of state and government, over 30 government ministers, and 178 journalists attended the talks. The event’s main focus was the G20’s “Compact with Africa”, an initiative that aims to improve conditions for investing in Africa.

  • G20 Net­work­ing

    The second day of the G20 Africa conference was marked by networking opportunities for the participants. Discussion groups brought them together with high-ranking experts and African entrepreneurs. The high-level investor roundtable was the forum for dialogue between key stakeholders and private investors.

  • G20 break­out ses­sions

    The second day of the Africa conference was opened by German central bank governor Jens Weidmann. The agenda includes a high-level investor roundtable as well as different breakout sessions that focus on macroeconomic, business and financing framework conditions, digitalisation and energy infrastructure in Africa and how they can be improved.

  • Cross-cul­tur­al con­fer­ence pro­gramme

    All of Germany’s G20 events in the finance track feature music in cooperation with highly talented artists. At the Africa conference on 12-13 June 2017 in Berlin 11 musicians from Africa and Berlin came together to rehearse and première their musical interpretation of partnership an dialogue.

  • G20 High-lev­el di­a­logue

    Germany’s G20 Africa Conference “Investing in a common future” was opened by Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel. Her introduction was followed by statements from Alpha Condé, President of the African Union and German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble. A high-level panel discussed the “Compact with Africa”.

  • Open­ing of the Africa Con­fer­ence

    On 12-13 June 2017 representatives of the G20, African countries, international organisations and investors come together in Berlin on the occasion of Germany’s G20 Africa Conference “Investing in a common future”. The conference aims at improving framework conditions for private investment in African countries and is the major event in the run-up to the G20 Hamburg Summit.

  • G20 Com­pact with Africa (CwA)

    The G20 Africa Partnership is a central project of Germany’s G20 presidency. Its aim is to improve conditions for sustainable private sector investment, investment in infrastructure, economic participation, and employment in African countries.

  • Mu­sic part­ner­ship

    At the G20 Africa Conference "Investing in a common future" music plays a major role as a means of communication. Eleven artists from Africa and Berlin have come together to develop and première a musical interpretation of "partnership" and "dialogue".

  • Meet­ing of G20 fi­nance min­is­ters in Wash­ing­ton, D.C.

    On 20–21 April 2017, the spring meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank Group in Washington, D.C., provided the backdrop for meetings of the G20 finance ministers and central bank governors. Building on the results of the Baden-Baden meeting in March, the G20 representatives discussed the state of the global economy, financial market regulation and the Compact with Africa initiative, among other issues.

  • In­ter­na­tion­al con­test for stu­dents

    As part of the Global Classroom in the G20 Finance Track, we are inviting school students to enter our contest that will provide the winners with an opportunity to travel to Hamburg, where they can discuss their own ideas and solutions with G20 experts. Learn more about the contest and how to participate on our dedicated website.

  • Glob­al Eco­nom­ic Gov­er­nance in a Mul­ti­po­lar World

    During their meetings in Baden-Baden G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors gathered with experts, practitioners and representatives of academic institutions in the format of a “High Level Symposium”.

  • “Thank you!” from the G20 team

    Following the press conference, Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble thanked the mayor of Baden-Baden for the outstanding work performed by all of the town’s support units. The G20 team would also like to extend a special thanks to the many Finance Ministry and customs administration staff who helped make the event a success.

  • G20: clos­ing press con­fer­ence

    After the conclusion of the Meeting of G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors, which took place in Baden-Baden on 17 18 March 2017, Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble and Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann presented the results of the meeting and took questions from German and international media.

  • A mu­si­cal in­ter­lude

    On the evening of 17 March 2017, the G20 finance ministers and central bank governors were invited by Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble to attend a concert in Baden-Baden’s Festspielhaus. The musical programme also included a change of perspective, with the ministers and central bank governors seated on stage, and the musicians performing in the auditorium.

  • G20 team vis­its lo­cal schools

    On 17 March 2017, another Finance Ministry team paid visits to two local schools in Baden-Baden to talk with students about the G20 meeting taking place in their home town. Dr Elke Baumann und Dr Stefan Olbermann – both heads of division at the Finance Ministry – visited the secondary school Klosterschule vom heiligen Grab and the Pädagogium, a local boarding school.

  • Meet­ing of G20 Fi­nance Min­is­ters and Cen­tral Bank Gov­er­nors

    Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble opened the G20 meeting on 17 March 2017. The talks focused on crisis prevention in the financial sector, the challenges of digitalisation, and international tax policy. The agenda also placed a priority on boosting investment and improving infrastructure in Africa (the Compact with Africa).

  • Un­veil­ing the Glob­al Stone Gar­den

    Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble and Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann presented their stones to performance artist Ernst Handl. The Global Stone Garden is on display at the Museum Frieder Burda in Baden-Baden and is composed of stones from around the world. The stones symbolise the great diversity of topics and participants that make up the G20.

  • Sign­ing the Baden-Baden vis­i­tors book

    Following their first working meeting, the G20 finance ministers and central bank governors were treated to another programme highlight: At Brenners Hotel, they were welcomed by Margret Mergen, mayor of Baden-Baden, and Winfried Kretschmann, Minister-President of Baden-Württemberg, and invited to sign the town’s honorary visitors book.

  • High-lev­el sym­po­sium

    At a high-level symposium on 17 March 2017, the G20 finance ministers and central bank governors took an in-depth look at the global economy and discussed issues of global economic governance in a multipolar world. Prominent policy-makers and scholars were also invited to contribute to the debate.

  • Draft­ing the com­mu­niqué

    The G20 deputies convened on 15 March 2017 during the run-up to the Meeting of G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors on 17 18 March 2017. The deputies prepared the meeting agenda and negotiated the text of the communiqué – the joint declaration that sums up the outcomes achieved at the meeting.

  • Me­dia buzz in Baden-Baden

    Along with the roughly 600 members of various international delegations, over 500 media representatives from around the world came to Baden-Baden to report on the Meeting of G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors. Throughout the meeting, the press centre was bustling with activity.

  • Vis­it to the Mark­graf Lud­wig sec­ondary school

    Marianne Kothé, a director at the Finance Ministry, left her temporary workplace at the G20 venue for a few hours to speak with approximately 140 upper-level students at the Markgraf Ludwig Gymnasium, a local secondary school. There she explained how the G20 works and what the German presidency aims to accomplish in the Finance Track.

  • In­for­mal ex­changes on the side­lines of the G20 meet­ing

    After an intense day of preparations and negotiations, the delegations of G20 finance deputies were treated to an evening of Black Forest cultural traditions on 15 March 2017. Regional music and culinary specialties helped to create a relaxed atmosphere that allowed the guests to enjoy informal conversations outside the pre-set G20 programme agenda.

  • Fi­nal prepa­ra­tions for the G20 meet­ing

    The G20 finance ministers and central bank governors will meet in Baden-Baden on 17 18 March 2017. Around 600 members of various international delegations and over 500 media representatives are expected at the event. We assembled a few impressions of the finishing touches being put to the press centre in the Baden-Baden Kongresshaus.

  • G20 fi­nance deputies meet­ing

    In the run-up to the Meeting of G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors in Baden-Baden on 17 18 March 2017, the G20 finance deputies convened for their first working session, where they prepared the details of the ministerial meeting.

  • Em­brac­ing fair glob­al­i­sa­tion

    The G20 finance ministers and central bank governors gathered in Baden-Baden on 17 18 March 2017. In an op-ed piece for the weekly newsmagazine Die Zeit, Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble lays out the main Finance Track priorities of Germany’s G20 presidency and underscores the importance of intensifying cooperation with Africa.

  • G20 Glob­al Stone Gar­den

    A few weeks prior to the Meeting of G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors, students from two local high schools each painted their own stone for the G20 art project “Global Stone Garden”. During the G20 meeting, the art project will be unveiled at the Museum Frieder Burda in Baden-Baden.

  • Shap­ing an in­ter­con­nect­ed world

    To commemorate Germany’s G20 presidency, the Federal Ministry of Finance issued a special-edition postage stamp. The stamp depicts a reef knot, which Germany selected as the logo for its G20 presidency. The special edition stamp has a value of 70 cents and entered circulation on 1 March 2017. It is available for purchase at Deutsche Post retail outlets.

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