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Global growth, migration, terror to top agenda of G20 summit

(Xinhua) Updated: 2015-11-12 09:15

ANTALYA, Turkey - Global growth will dominate the agenda when leaders of 20 major world economies (G20) gather in Turkey's southwestern seaside city of Antalya on Sunday and Monday for their 10th summit.

Faced by a continuing influx of refugees from war-torn Syria and a spate of deadly terror attacks, Turkey has broached the subjects for discussions as well, and is hoping for tangible results.


In the face of a sluggish and uneven recovery in the global economy and a slowdown in both growth and trade, Turkey has opted to echo the major theme of the G20 summit last year in Brisbane, Australia.

Turkey sees the G20 as a premier platform for global economic and financial issues following the global financial meltdown in 2008.

"The Great Recession in 2008-09 taught us that the solution to global challenges rests in global actions," Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu stated in an official G20 paper.

As the current G20 president, Turkey is aiming to "help enable inclusive and robust global growth through collective action with a view to lifting the potential of the global economy".

"This can be formulated as the three I's of the Turkish presidency: Inclusiveness, Implementation and Investment for growth," Davutoglu wrote.

Ankara has prioritized support for youth employment, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and women's empowerment, as well as issues related to low-income developing countries.

In addition, it seeks to further institutionalize the G20 by means of a new ministerial forum for energy, an SME forum and a Women's Twenty engagement group.

The Antalya summit will "promise new measures on infrastructure investment, trade and structural reforms", wrote John Kirton, co-director of the G20 Research Group and director of the G8 Research Group at the University of Toronto.

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