The world wants good jobs. I feel that a part of my mission is to inspire and help guide the world of young people partly by influencing both business and government as a sustaining member of the B20. What is the B20? On behalf of the international business community, the B20 is a platform that leads engagement with the G20 by hosting focused policy discussions and developing recommendations geared towards strong, sustainable, and balanced growth in the global economy.
The G20 is the premier forum for international economic cooperation, led by the Presidents and Prime Ministers of the world’s 20 largest economies [Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Korea, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the United States, and the European Union (EU)], The G20 and B20 host country rotates yearly.
In 2016, China hosts the G20 and B20, which is essential to the success of the G20. The B20 China website is http://en.b20-china.org/. Turkey hosted the G20 and B20 in 2015 and Australia hosted in 2014.
The core of the B20 are five taskforces, each chaired and co-chaired by prominent business leaders: (1) Employment, (2) Financing Growth, (3) Infrastructure, (4) SME Development, and (5) Trade and Investment. Over the years, B20 priorities have been clearly aligned with those of the G20 Leaders’ Summit, the most important G20 annual event. B20 recommendations continue to be highly valued by G20 leaders and many have been incorporated into previous G20 communiqués. Many G20 leaders have attended previous B20 summits and exchanged views with B20 delegates.
Employment has always been one of the core topics of G20 dialogues and the B20 also concentrates on this issue. Facing a complex global economic situation, all countries are interested in how to create more job opportunities, improve job quality, and achieve more sustainable and balanced economic growth. B20 China will continue to discuss the issues related to boosting employment opportunities and allocating human resources efficiently.
With gratitude being recognized as a global thought leader and spokesman in both business and education, I have been serving as an active member of the B20 Employment Taskforce since 2014. This taskforce’s chairs were Steve Sargent, CEO of GE Australia and New Zealand, in 2014 and Ali Y. Koc, vice chairman of Koc Holding (Turkey’s largest company), last year. Both Ali and Steve are compassionate human beings and top business leaders, with whom I had the pleasure and privilege to work together.
I am very proud that good parts of our taskforce’s policy recommendations were included in the G20 Leaders’ Communique in 2015 and in 2014.
For the 2016 B20 Employment Taskforce, Li Yanhong (Robin), founder, chairman and CEO of Baidu is chair and Liang Xinjun (Leo), vice chairman and CEO of Fosun Group is a co-chair. You may imagine Baidu as sort of equivalent to China’s Google and Fosun Group as kind of equivalent to China’s Berkshire Hathaway (Warren Buffet’s conglomerate). It is my honor and pleasure to work with these benevolent pinnacle leaders as B20 teammates this year.
By the way, Jack Ma (no blood relations with me), founder and chairman of Alibaba, chairs the 2016 B20 SME Development Taskforce, which was started at B20 Turkey last year. Jack Ma, Robin Li, Leo Liang, and Turkey’s Koc family are all on the global Forbes List.
Along with fellow B20 Employment Taskforce members, I am sleeves-rolled up continuing our quest to help uplift global employment, which is a major issue in many parts of the world, and to do my small part to influence positively the G20. The B20 China Kickoff Meeting in January 2016 was highly energetic and engaging.
I welcome your practical comments or inputs to this post — in particular, ways in which to help uplift global employment — via email to me at ChiefMentor@ThreeEQ.com.
Thank you for being interested in improving our world of employment and human capital. Onward!