G20 summit brings together world’s leaders

Photo taken on Sept. 3, 2020 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia shows G20 foreign ministers attending the virtual G20 Extraordinary Foreign Minister's Meeting. The Group of 20 (G20) foreign ministers highlighted on Thursday coordination of cross-border management to protect lives and livelihoods during coronavirus crisis, according to a statement by the Saudi G20 Presidency. Photo:Xinhua

The G20 Leaders’ Summit kicked off Today; bringing together leaders from the world’s leading economies to address global pressing issues.

The G20 Saudi presidency demonstrated determined and effective leadership in; not only gathering the world leaders but taking collective action that benefits the world.

The Saudi presidency is led by King Salman as the head of state; with the agenda and direction of the presidency held under his direction. Besides, support of Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, and Dr. Fahad Toonsi the secretary-general for the G20 Saudi Secretariat who is tasked with the responsibility to oversee and support the implementation of the G20 presidency work this year.

The Sherpa Track is led by Dr. Fahad Al-Mubarak, who has been the G20 Saudi Sherpa since 2018. Under this track, ministers of the Kingdom also chaired ministerial meetings related to socio-economic issues.

The ministers also include Prince Abdulaziz Bin Salman, who chaired the energy ministerial Meeting, Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah for Health, Dr. Majid Al-Qasabi, and Eng. Khaled AlFalih, who led the trade and investment ministers’ meeting. The environment, agriculture, and water ministers’ meetings were chaired by Abdulrahman Al-Fadhli, while Abdullah Al-Sawahah chaired the digital economy ministerial meeting.

First-ever anti-corruption ministerial meeting

Dr. Hamad Al-Sheikh also chaired the education ministerial meeting and Ahmed Al-Rajhi chaired the labor and employment one. Ahmad Al-Khatib chaired the meeting for tourism ministers, and Mazin Al-Kahmous led the discussions on the first-ever anti-corruption ministerial meeting under the G20. Princess Haifa AlMogrin chaired the development working group.

The Finance Track is led by Mohammed Al-Jadaan, Minister of Finance, and Dr. Ahmed Alkholifey, the governor of the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency. With their leadership, the working groups for the finance track also focused on the economic response to the global pandemic including debt relief for developing nations, infrastructure, financial inclusion, economic growth, international financial architecture, and the global economy.