G20 Indonesia

Jokowi begins the fight against lame duck status in Indonesia’s G20 year (East Asia Forum)

Ahead of the Rome G20 Summit in October 2021, the G20 looked like it was in danger of losing the plot. What a relief, then, to see Indonesia bring the G20 back to its bread-and-butter global policy challenges as it takes over as its chair for 2022.

Jokowi begins the fight against lame duck status in Indonesia’s G20 year | East Asia Forum


The good, the bad and the incongruous at the Rome G20 (Yves Tiberghien, East Asia Forum)

In its self-assigned capacity as ‘the premier forum for international economic cooperation’, the G20 disappointed in Rome. It was unable to massively accelerate COVID-19 vaccine distribution or generate a critical acceleration to solve the climate emergency and mark the end of coal. Three of the five BRICS leaders were not even present.

The good, the bad and the incongruous at the Rome G20 (


The G20 risks becoming a mini-UN. That’s a bad thing (Hung Tran, Atlantic Council)

The Group of Twenty (G20) nations came of age during the great financial crisis of 2008 to hash out major economic and financial regulatory policies among the world’s largest economies. But with US President Joe Biden making an effort to rebuild alliances with fellow democracies, the G20 appears to have evolved into a G7+13—with a more common agenda among the leading Western countries vis-a-vis the rest of the group. And amid deepening strategic competition between the United States and China, raising distrust and predisposing each side to maneuver for influence, the G20 risks losing its role as the driver for policy cooperation to address serious global problems. Instead it could become a forum to showcase initiatives agreed elsewhere—or worse, a venue for major countries to posture and poke around for political support.

The G20 risks becoming a mini-UN. That’s a bad thing. – Atlantic Council


Expert briefing: What to watch at the G20 (Atlantic Council)

Leaders are flocking to Rome this weekend for the annual Group of Twenty (G20) nations summit, which will gather the world’s top economies at a pivotal moment in the global recovery from COVID-19.

With many of the leaders hopping to the United Nations climate change summit shortly after this gathering, climate will likely be a hot topic—but the leaders will also discuss the global supply chain crisis, a deal for a global minimum tax on corporations, debt relief for poor nations, and much more. We asked our experts for a guide to the most pressing issues and what to expect from the summit.

Expert briefing: What to watch at the G20 – Atlantic Council


The G20 Family Reunion (Paola Subacchi, Project-Syndicate)

Relationships among leaders have historically been what drives progress at the G20, despite struggles to agree on specific commitments or language. But, between virtual meetings and US-China tensions, those relationships have become strained, and repairing them must be a top priority at the group’s upcoming Rome summit.

The G20 Family Reunion by Paola Subacchi – Project Syndicate (

G20 Pandemic

The G20’s Pandemic Wake-Up Call (Masood Ahmed, Project-Syndicate)

G20 leaders must recognize that pandemics are a national and global security threat, and expend some political capital to shift the international health-security machinery from its current equilibrium. Their forthcoming summit in Rome is the right moment to establish a new vision of global public health.

The G20’s Pandemic Wake-Up Call by Masood Ahmed – Project Syndicate (

G20 Global Topics

The G20 and the road to recovery from the COVID-19 crisis (East Asia Forum)

When the G20 leaders first met in November 2008, they recognised that a recovery from the global financial crisis could not be orchestrated by rich economies alone. The composition of the G20 reflected the shift in the world’s economic centre of gravity, towards Asia and the emerging economies around the world. Its agenda back in 2008 reflected the fact that a global recovery could only be achieved with truly global cooperation.

The G20 and the road to recovery from the COVID-19 crisis | East Asia Forum

G20 Global Topics

The G20 needs to do more than recycle the G7’s agenda (Adam Triggs, East Asia Forum)

The world economy is facing a two-speed recovery. The rich world is overheating. The poor world is stagnating, with Asia’s developing countries at its centre. Left to fester, both worlds will soon start exporting problems to each other, creating a dangerous feedback loop.

The G20 needs to do more than recycle the G7’s agenda | East Asia Forum


G20 support for improved infrastructure project cycles in Africa (G20 Italia 2021)

Priyadarshi Dash
Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS)

Paulo Esteves
BRICS Policy Center

Rob Floyd
African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET)

Arthur Minsat
Development Center, Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Aloysius Uche Ordu
SAfrica Growth Initiative, Brookings Institution

Cobus van Staden
South Africa Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA)

This policy brief argues that new, African-led infrastructure models are needed to support Africa’s economic transformation. We argue that the G20, including the Compact with Africa initiative, should support implementation of such models. In particular financing for
infrastructure is slow and cumbersome with traditional partners. While non-traditional financiers provide faster response times, projects may also suffer in areas of quality and governance. We recommend that the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA) quality label be applied for wider use, alongside the development of a learning platform that federates fragmented capacity-building initiatives for infrastructure, establishes a community of practice of African infrastructure experts and provides a forum for regional/global peer learning.



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