Australia is working hard to ensure that the preparatory process for the Brisbane Summit is effective and well coordinated.
Preparation for the summit takes place in two ‘streams’: one led by Sherpas – officials who represent their leaders in G20 discussions – and the other led by Finance Ministries and Central Banks. In each stream, working groups and taskforces bring together officials to undertake technical work in specialised policy areas to help prepare for the leaders’ meeting in Brisbane.
Under Australia’s leadership, the two streams are working closely together, with senior officials from each stream attending the other’s meetings. In June, Sherpas and Finance Deputies held a joint session to review progress on the growth strategies to ensure they are comprehensive and also discuss the content of the Brisbane Action Plan.
Sherpas have met several times during the year in preparation for the Leaders’ Summit. This is in addition to meetings of G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors, who are supported by corresponding meetings of Finance Deputies. In 2014, working arrangements are built around the two themes of promoting stronger economic growth and employment outcomes and building a more resilient global economy. As part of this process, working groups are looking at anti-corruption, development, energy, employment, investment and infrastructure, and macroeconomic policy and structural reform. Work on trade, tax reform, international financial architecture and financial regulation is being undertaken by senior officials.
Download the policy note Working arrangements.