Participating in taskforces

How much time commitment can I expect as a taskforce member?

A series of taskforce meetings / conference calls will be organised to develop the policy recommendations and support the advocacy process. This will include about five teleconferences in each taskforce, one face to face meeting, a joint taskforce meeting an inception event and the B20 Summit. It is not mandatory for members to attend all calls and events. However, we expect all members to actively contribute to the policy development and advocacy process and to decide which events/calls they think would be most useful for their input. The timeline of B20 Saudi Arabia events is provided on the website.

What is the expected duration of my participation?

Taskforce members will participate from their selection until the end of the B20 Saudi Arabia Summit in 2020

What are the expected languages of participation?

The primary language of deliberations and policy paper development will be English

About B20 Saudi Arabia

What is the policy development process in B20?

The policy recommendations of the B20 will be developed through a vibrant, collaborative and transparent process that will involve all members of the taskforce and action council. At the beginning of this process, the B20 Secretariat, together with the relevant knowledge partners, draws up an induction paper to provide an overview of the topic and the potential issues, which acts as the basis for further discussions. In the next step, the taskforces/ action council and B20 Secretariat, together with the Knowledge Partners, prepares policy drafts under the direction of the Chair, to include the input and concerns of the members of respective taskforces/ action council. These draft policy papers then go through an intensive consensus-finding process with several rounds of feedback and modifications. This process includes physical meetings of the taskforces/ action council, teleconferences and written feedback calls. This process continues until a consensus is reached in the taskforce/ action council.

What is the role of Action Council on Women in Business?

Women in Business is a priority focus area for B20 Saudi Arabia. To develop concrete, practical and actionable policy recommendations in this area, B20 Saudi Arabia has created an Action Council on Women in Business. Their role will be similar to a formal taskforce, but to ensure that this issue is both mainstreamed and at the same time some deep-rooted systemic issues with regard to gender disparity are acknowledged and addressed, the Action Council will have 50% representation from other taskforces so that they are informed and made aware of the gender issues to be tackled within the scope of their own taskforces. The remaining 50% of Council members will be inducted separately to address the issue of gender parity and diversity in work places.

What is B20 Saudi Arabia?

Saudi Arabia will host the fifteenth G20 summit which will take place in November 2020 in Riyadh. As part of its ‘engagement group’, B20 Saudi Arabia aims to deliver an impactful and differentiated policy development process while reinforcing and sustaining the critical role of business community. To deliver on this, B20 Saudi Arabia will follow key strategic principles of developing action-oriented and impactful policy recommendations through an inclusive, collaborative and transparent approach and adopting the highest professional standards. For developing policy recommendations, B20 Saudi Arabia will engage with the local and global business communities on the priority topics of Women in Business, Digitalization, Trade & Investment, Energy, Sustainability & Climate, Future of Work & Education, Integrity and Compliance, and Finance & Infrastructure. Women in Business will be Saudi Arabia’s signature topic and a key aspect of differentiation which, despite being high on many leaders’ agenda, still remains largely unsolved with limited progress over recent decades.

What are the key policy focus areas of B20 Saudi Arabia?

B20 Saudi Arabia has a mandate to develop policy recommendations on behalf of the business community for the G20. To develop these policy recommendations, B20 Saudi Arabia undertook detailed reviews of the topics covered under previous B20s, emerging issues of the local and global business communities and consultation with relevant stakeholders to identify the following six policy areas for deliberation under different taskforces:

  1. Digitalization
  2. Energy, Sustainability and Climate
  3. Finance and Infrastructure
  4. Future of Work and Education
  5. Integrity and Compliance
  6. Trade and Investment

In addition to the above, an Action Council on ‘Women in Business’ will be created on the issue of gender diversity and equality in business. Two cross-cutting themes i.e. ‘SMEs and Entrepreneurship’ and ‘Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)’ will also be covered across all taskforces/ action council.

Who are the B20 Members?

B20 members in Saudi Arabia include the taskforces and action council. They will provide inputs in the drafting of the policy recommendations based on their experience and expertise and also help in the advocacy process. A chair and several co-chairs, who are appointed by the B20 Chair from the business community will head the taskforces and action council. Their role is to enhance the visibility and inclusivity of the B20. Each taskforce will have around 100 members from companies and business associations covering all G20 member countries. Taskforce members will represent both genders and cover a range of sectors, different types and size of company and regions. The action council will have 50 members, 50% of whom will be inducted from different taskforces and the remaining will be selected from among prominent business leaders, who have worked actively on the issue of gender equality and diversity.

What is B20?

The B20 is the official ‘engagement group’ of the G20 with the global business community. As the voice of the private sector to the G20, it represents the global business community across all G20 member states and all economic sectors. Formed in 2010, it is the first engagement group of the G20.

The mandate of B20 is to develop specific policy recommendations through consolidated representation of business interests and to foster dialogue between the public and private sector.

Analogous to the G20, the B20 does not have a permanent secretariat and is an informal forum rather than an organization. Its summits, representing the conclusion of the formulation of specific recommendations to G20 leaders are held annually, usually before the respective G20 summits.