4th Annual Business at OECD Session in Paris

More than 450 B20 members participated of a panel session in association with BIAC (Business and Industry Advisory Committee) at OECD on May 29th.

In a packed room, the meeting included as speakers some of Argentina’s most prominent business leaders: Paolo Rocca (Techint), Luis Pagani (Arcor), Alejandro Bulgheroni (PAE), Miguel Gutiérrez (YPF), Miguel Acevedo (UIA), Gustavo Weiss (CAMARCO), Cristiano Rattazzi (FIAT), Miguel Kozuszok (Unilever), Enrique Cristofani (Santander Rio), Inés Berton (Tealosophy), Dario Werthein (Experta ART), Marcelo Mindlin (Pampa Energía), Soledad Izquierdo (Coca Cola), Sergio Kaufman (Accenture), Nicolás Masjuan (Bain), Eduardo Coduri (EY).

Phil O´Reilly, Business at OECD Chair, gave a warm welcome to all and celebrated the realization of the event for the 4th consecutive year. In his opening remarks Angel Gurria, OECD Secretary General, called upon the importance of B20 work for the development of international public policies.

The opening session continued with words by the B20 Chair, Daniel Funes de Rioja, and Horacio Reyser, Secretary of International Economic Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Argentine Government.

“Since Argentina´s B20 cycle began, we established transparency as a priority for this process and a key element required by societies to arrive at sustainable development. More than 1200 business leaders agreed to work together and reach consensus regarding public policies in key subjects such as multilateral trade, sustainable food systems and the creation of employment opportunities for the digital age” said Daniel Funes de Rioja.

 “One of the founding blocks of Argentina´s G20 Presidency is to work together and arrive at a consensus between the public and private sectors to eliminate poverty and promote sustainable and inclusive development” stated Horacio Reyser.

The first panel focused on the G20 as a multilateral platform to address global challenges and included Miguel Braun (Secretary of Commerce, Ministry of Production, Arg Government), H.E. Dr. Hamad Albazail (G20 Sherpa, Saudi Arabia), Kyong-lim Choi (G20 Sherpa, Republic of Korea), Paolo Rocca (B20 Trade and Investment Chair & Techint Group President), Gabriela Ramos (OECD Chief of Staff) and moderator Stormy-Annika Mildner (BDI, and former B20 Sherpa).

“G20 is an ideal scenario to debate the key challenges that affect us as a global society. The input from the business community, the B20, is essential to reach the consensus the world needs” stated Miguel Braun.

The second panel, moderated by B20 Policy Sherpa Fernando Landa, discussed global standards for open markets and included Marcelo Guaranys (Deputy Minister for Public Policies, Brazil), Miguel Kozuszok (B20 Sustainable Food System Co-Chair & Unilever CEO Latam) Ines Van Lierde (B20 Trade and Investment Co-Chair & AEGIS Chair), Sergio Kaufman (B20 Digital Economy and Industry 4.0 Member & Accenture Argentina CEO), and Ken Ash (OECD Director of Trade and Agriculture Moderation).

Moderated by B20 Executive Sherpa Carolina Castro, the third panel discussed how Infrastructure, Energy, and its financing can help achieve sustainable and inclusive growth. Participants included Miguel Gutierrez (B20 Energy, Resource Efficiency and Sustainability Chair & YPF President), Alejandro Bulgheroni (B20 Caucus Member & Pan American Energy Group Chairman), Enrique Cristofani (B20 Financing Growth and Infrastructure Co-Chair & President of Banco Santander Río), and Hugo Eurnekian (B20 Energy, Resource Efficiency and Sustainability Co-Chair & President of CGE & Corporación América).

The last panel focused on analysing G20´s contributions to empowering people for the future of work. The group included Ernesto Leguizamon (Chief of Staff Labour Ministry, Argentina Government), Susana Balbo (W20 Argentina Chair), Martín Migoya (B20 Employment and Education Chair & Globant CEO & Founder), Inés Berton (B20 SME Chair & Tealosophy CEO & Founder), Laurence Monnet-Vernier (Partner Human Capital, Org Transformation & Talents Leader, Deloitte France) and moderator Gabriela Ramos (OECD Chief of Staff and Sherpa).

“Technological change impacts labour relations, particularly because of the uncertainty generated by adaptation and the learning of new skills” said Ernesto Leguizamon