Issuing their first-ever communiqué at a G20 finance ministers' meeting, Brazil, China, Russia and India have called for a bigger voice on international bodies - signalling their growing political resolve to influence global affairs. On the eve of the official G20 meeting for the preparation of the London summit on 13 March the group released the following statement. WDEV documents the communiqué in full length.
1. We, the Finance Ministers and their representatives of Brazil, Russia, India and China held our meeting in Horsham, the United Kingdom, on the eve of the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meeting. We reverted once again to the current situation in the global economy and its latest trends, as well as fiscal and monetary policy responses in BRIC countries. We also discussed the forthcoming G20 Leaders' Summit agenda and the expected outcomes ... ... this article comes up in WDEV 2/Mar-Apr 2009 and is for subscribers only. For direct log in >>> click here.If you have no subscription >>> pick your option or >>>
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