17 July 2013

The B20 “White Book” is presented in Moscow

The "White book" which includes proposals of the international business community to global leaders on key issues of the economic agenda, was presented in Moscow within the framework of Russia's presidency in the Group of Twenty (G20). Recommendations on international trade facilitation were prepared by “Trade as a Growth Driver” B20 Task Force chaired by Alexey Mordashov, Chief Executive Officer of OAO Severstal.

The "White book" recommendations are focused on solving the key economic problems faced by the international community in growth acceleration, creating jobs, improving credibility and market transparency.

The document that was initially presented as a draft ("Green book") has been updated to include input of open discussions held both during the B20 Summit organized as part of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum in June 2013, and after the event.

The speakers at the press conference held on July 16 to present the "White book" release, included Alexander Shokhin, President of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSPP) and B20 Chairman; Oleg Preksin, Executive Vice-President of the RSPP and B20 Sherpa; Ksenia Yudaeva, Russian G20 Sherpa and Head of the Russian Presidential Experts Directorate; and Andrey Bugrov and David Yakobashvili, Co-Chairmen of B20 Task Forces.

The press conference was attended by Andrey Laptev, Alexey Mordashov's sherpa in the B20 Trade Task Force and Head of Corporate Strategy at OAO Severstal.

"Our activity within the Trade Task Force was focused on proposing specific practical measures that can yield short-term benefits", emphasized Andrey Laptev. "The Task Force makes special emphasis on concluding a Trade Facilitation Agreement with its focus on facilitation of the transborder goods flow: streamlining and harmonization of customs formalities and foreign trade documentation, unification of the customs clearance procedures, and introduction of the single window concept. According to the Trade Task Force experts, the Agreement would generate as much as $960 bln to global economy and would help to bring along over 20 mln new jobs. The Agreement will help Russia to accelerate solution of the important tasks to improve investment climate in the sphere of customs and export/import regulations".

The full version of the "White book” is available at: http://b20russia.com/B20_WhiteBook_web.pdf

The next step is to present the Book to the national leaders of the Group of Twenty during the G20 Summit in Saint Petersburg to be held on September 5-6, 2013.