Agribusiness and the 2017 Group of Twenty Meeting
The Group of Twenty (G20) is an elite international forum that brings together the governments and financial policy makers of the world’s largest economies and multilateral institutions. The G20 was created in 1999 as a consultation group of finance ministers and central bank governors to expand the scope of the small Group of Seven (G7) forum. However, since the 2008 financial crisis, the G20 has held meetings regularly with presidents and heads of state. This year, the twelfth G20 summit meeting is being held in Hamburg, Germany on July 7 and 8. The following countries are the permanent members of the G20: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Additionally, the President of the European Council, currently Donald Tusk, and the President of the European Commission, currently Jean-Claude Juncker, represent the European Union as a whole. Similarly, each year, countries and international organizations are invited as special guests. For this year’s summit, 2017, special guests include the African Union, Guinea, Senegal, Singapore, the Netherlands, Norway, and Vietnam. Other countries and international organizations are deemed permanent guests of G20 summit meetings and these include Spain, the United Nations, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the World Health Organization, the Food and Agriculture Organization, and the World Trade Organization.