World leader to speak at Griffith G20 event

Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey, Professor Ahmet Davutoglu
Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey, Professor Ahmet Davutoglu

Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey, Professor Ahmet Davutoglu, will discuss his country’s approach to hosting the G20 Leaders Summit in 2015 when he addresses a major Pre-G20 Summit Conference in Brisbane on Friday, November 14.

The two-day conference on ‘Strengthening Global Growth’ will be hosted at Brisbane’s City Hall by Griffith University in partnership with the G20 Research Group, University of Toronto.

Professor Davutoglu heads a list of distinguished speakers attending the conference which also includes Secretary-General of the OECD, Angel Gurria.

Griffith University Vice Chancellor ProfessorIanO’Connor warmly welcomed the inclusion of Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on the agenda for the Pre-G20 Summit Conference.

“Professor Davutoglu leads one of the most strategically significant G20 nations and his presence at the conference will bring a powerful regional perspective,” Professor O’Connor said.

“Australia and Turkey share a unique experience going back almost a century that has evolved into a strong and enduring friendship based on mutual respect between our peoples.

“The Prime Minister’s views on how Turkey is preparing to host the next G20 Leaders Summit after Brisbane will be a highlight of the conference.”

Both the prospects and challenges facing world leaders at the Brisbane summit will be explored over the two days (Thursday and Friday), with the co-director of the G20 Research Group, Professor John Kirton, leading discussions on day one.

Professor Kirton believes Australia is uniquely positioned as the summit host to pull together the strands of a modern globalised world where emerging Asian cultures are increasingly influential.

“I think it’s more likely to be remembered as the summit that marked the emergence of Australia as a leader in global governance of the first rank,” he said. This theme will extend into day two when Australia’s continuing contribution to G20 governance will be explored.

Across the two days the ‘Strengthening Global Growth’ conference will cover a range of G20-related issues including economic growth, employment and entrepreneurship, energy and infrastructure, trade, financial regulation and taxation.

Representatives of organisations including Africa50 Infrastructure Fund, McGraw Hill, BMO Capital Markets, International Labour Oganization and the Bank of China will also address delegates.

Brisbane Lord Mayor, Graham Quirk, will join Professor O’Connor for the opening of the conference at 9am on Thursday, November 13.