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Canada announces global business leaders meeting before G20 Summit

05-18-2010 13:46 BJT

OTTAWA, May 17 (Xinhua) -- Canadian Finance Minister Jim Flaherty Monday announced that the G20 Business Summit (B20), a summit of influential international business leaders, was to be held on the eve of the G20 leaders' summit in Toronto.

The summit, a business-led initiative organized by the Canadian Council of Chief Executives (CCCE), is expected to discuss the issues most relevant to the private sector.

"To build a growth that is strong, balanced and sustainable, the private sector has a critical role to play," Flaherty said. He said he hoped the summit will "enable business to play an active role in finding practical solutions to the global challenges we all face."

The B20 is scheduled to be held from June 25-26, including briefings, roundtable discussions and direct exchanges among business leaders and G20 finance ministers.

The B20 is one of a number of outreach initiatives planned in advance of the Toronto summit to gain insight from various groups on shared global challenges.

Editor:Zhang Jingya |Source: Xinhua

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