G-20 Addresses Key Economic Issues: Canadian Chamber of Commerce



    OTTAWA, April 2 /CNW Telbec/ - The international community has come
together to reach an agreement to fight the deepening global economic
recession and boost confidence in financial markets. The Group of 20 (G-20)
Leaders in a sweeping communiqué pledged an additional $1.1 trillion of
support to the world economy.
    "This unprecedented move is a very significant step towards supporting
economic growth and jobs, and stabilizing financial markets," said Perrin
Beatty, President and CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. "We applaud the
G-20 for recognizing the benefits that open markets bring, and to the
contributions they will make to the recovery of the global economy."
    The Canadian Chamber was pleased to see that the G-20 Leaders recommitted
not to raise new barriers to trade and investment, impose new export
restrictions, or implement World Trade Organization inconsistent measures to
stimulate exports to the end of 2010.
    The Canadian Chamber welcomed the leaders' committed to promptly rectify
any such measures that have been implemented. "It is critical that these words
be followed by actions," Beatty continued. "A slide towards protectionism
would only worsen the global crisis, further choke global trade and prolong
the recession."
    G20 leaders also took important first steps to reform the global
regulatory system; develop a global approach to dealing with impaired or toxic
assets; ensure that global governance institutions are more efficient,
effective, and representative; and help developing countries so the economic
crisis does not become a humanitarian crisis.
    The Canadian Chamber applauds that the G-20 Leaders saw merit in meeting
again in the fall. The global financial and economic crisis will continue to
require coordinated and purposeful action.
    "Results will not come quickly, but the world's economy will eventually
recover if we act with a common sense of purpose and direction" concluded
Beatty.




For further information:

For further information: Kathryn Anderson, Director, Communications and
Marketing, (613) 238-4000 ext.231, Cell: (613) 797-1860, kanderson@chamber.ca


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