As we reported recently BIIA continues to be part of the B20 Cross-thematic Group on SMEs and has joined the new B20 Digitization task force.   This task force covers amongst other important issues topics close to our heart such as cross border data flow, cyber security and supporting competitiveness of SMEs through digitization.

Parallel to the official start of Germany’s G20 presidency on 1 December 2016, the Business 20 Dialogue (B20) held its first conference in Berlin. During the two-day event, Federal Minister of Finance Wolfgang Schaeuble and G20 Sherpa Lars-Hendrik Roeller elaborated on the key issue areas of digitalization, migration and climate change, as well as the “Compact for Africa” in-vestment facilitation program for Germany’s G20 presidency.

These priorities were echoed by B20 Chairman Juergen Heraeus, who underlined the importance of the B20 motto – especially the need to increase “responsiveness” to solidify support for global cooperation in times when globalization skepticism is on the raise around the world.

Juergen Heraeus stated: ”Businesses have to contribute to the G20 process with their advice, expertise and practical experience to develop concrete and implementable policy proposals.”

The official conference report can be downloaded here: b20-conference-report(1)