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28.08.2013

Russia’s G20 presidency: decision time in St. Petersburg (by Alexander Yakovenko, Russian Ambassador to UK)

In the run-up to the G20 summit in St. Petersburg, Alexander Yakovenko, Russia's Ambassador to the UK, discusses the agenda of the meeting as well challenges facing the global economy.

From the start, Russia proposed focusing its G20 presidency agenda on two main tasks: achieving balanced growth and job creation. Throughout our presidency, G20 experts have been assessing key global risks for sustainable growth and have developed policy actions to mitigate these challenges.

To this end, at the G20 Summit on September 5-6, 2013, the St. Petersburg Action Plan for Growth and Jobs is to be approved by the leaders. An updated report on the imbalances in the G20 economies, as well as a review of the progress on previous G20 commitments, will also be discussed.

Decisive steps have already been taken by the G20 to strengthen global growth. But global economic recovery is still fragile, and large downside risks remain. Russia has identified stimulating economic growth and job creation as primary objectives of the G20 Summit. In addition, it is important to send the right co-ordinated signals to the markets.We should continue our dialogue regarding a future exit from non-conventional monetary and credit policies, assess their spillover impact on other countries and, possibly, create some hedging instruments for emergencies.

Employment and job creation, including for vulnerable groups, are other key items of the growth agenda. Russia hosted the Joint G20 Finance and Labour Ministers’ Meeting on July 19 – the first time in G20 history that such a high-level meeting in such a format had been convened. The subsequent communiqué reflected the commitments on implementing integrated labour market policies, including employment policies and promoting job creation through investment.

On the financial track, the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors’ Meeting was held on July 19-20. Our partners, including Australia as the next G20 president, supported further work on Russia’s priority theme: financing for investment. Among the issues discussed were monetary policy challenges, medium-term budget consolidation strategies, the role of small and medium enterprises, further reform of the international financial architecture and the problems of taxation.

I would also like to stress that the Outreach Strategy is an important part of Russia’s G20 presidency. It aims to win support from different outreach groups, which have all contributed to G20 policy-makers’ discussions.

In May, I hosted at our Embassy in London the meeting of the Business 20 Organising Committee, comprising the chairmen of the G20 countries entrepreneurs’ associations. Later in June, the Business 20 Summit entitled “Ç20-G20 Partnership for Economic Growth and Employment” was held as part of the annual st. petersburg International Economic Forum.

The concluding event of the Civil Track of Russia’s G20 presidency was the Civil 20 Summit, held earlier in June in Moscow. Russia is the first presiding country to organise the civil society consultations process in this format and at this level. The Civil 20 recommendations are expected to be reflected in the G20 Summit agenda and Leaders’ Statement.

I would not expect the G20 Summit to resolve overnight all the challenges that the global economy faces. From my perspective, however, the continued co-ordination of national macro-economic policies is worth the effort. In this regard, I am confident that G20 leaders in St. Petersburg will rise to the task of promoting further economic prosperity and job creation, and strengthen the path towards a strong, sustainable and balanced growth.

Alexander Yakovenko, special to RBTH (RUSSIA BEYOND THE HEADLINES)




LATEST EVENTS

17.01.2018 - Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko's remarks at the unveiling of memorial plaque in Sayes Court Park

Dear Mayor, Dear Councillors, Lady Joan, Ladies and gentlemen, It is now 320 years ago that a truly remarkable man set foot in Deptford. As you know, the Russian Tsar Peter, later named the Great, visited Western Europe in 1697—1698 under the nickname of Peter Mikhailov, with his Grand Embassy. He was eager to find out about the latest achievements in science and technology and create new diplomatic alliances. Of course, England couldn’t escape his attention. He mostly studied shipbuilding at the famous Deptford Dockyard, but he also met King William III, and, reportedly, Isaac Newton. Peter’s landlord, the famous John Evelyn, was also a respected scientist – a founder member of the Royal Society.


13.12.2017 - Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko's remarks at the Presentation of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia by Russia 2018 Local Organising Committee.

Ladies and gentlemen, dear friends, I am pleased to welcome you to the Russian Embassy at the Presentation of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia by Russia 2018 Local Organising Committee. It’s a common knowledge, that football is the most popular game in the world. It is an honour for us to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup for the first time in the history of our country. I believe that those who come to Russia to support their national teams will leave with unforgettable memories.


08.12.2017 - Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko's remarks at the Roscosmos "Sputnik" exhibition launch at Rossotrudnichestvo

Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko's remarks at the Roscosmos "Sputnik" exhibition launch at Rossotrudnichestvo (7 December 2017)


25.11.2017 - Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko's remarks at the reception at the Embassy dedicated to Russian Film Week (24 November 2017)

Ladies and gentlemen, Dear friends First of all, I would like to pay tribute to the outstanding Russian opera singer Dmitri Hvorostovsky who passed away this week. In 2015 he gave a concert in this very hall. I am delighted to welcome you at our reception dedicated to the Russian Film Week and the environmental causes it champions. This year their charity partner is World Wide Fund for Nature, which runs many projects in Russia in coordination and with support of the Russian Government. Russia has a unique, fascinating wildlife. A number of this week’s films show the natural beauty of our land and are sure to raise awareness of how fragile this beauty is. We appreciate the WWF effort in Russia and worldwide and call on everybody to become a supporter, especially this year, marked as Year of Ecology in Russia.


20.11.2017 - Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko's remarks at the launch of the Russian Film Week (19 November 2017)

Ladies and gentlemen, It is a pleasure for me to be at the opening of the second edition of the Russian Film Week here in London – which this year also spans to Cambridge and Edinburgh.


16.10.2017 - Unpublished letter to the Editor of The Times (sent 12 October)

Sir, If British MPs are free to speak out, wherever they wish, on any issue, why try to block their freedom of speech (“Helping Putin”, 11 October)? If a TV channel wants (and is legally bound) to present different points of view, why slam those who express these views? If the mere act of giving an interview to foreign media amounts to high treason, why does The Times interview Russian politicians without fear? And finally - while MPs critical of Russia are welcome guests on the Russian TV channel RT, does your paper give the same treatment to those critical of the paper’s owner? Konstantin Shlykov Press Secretary of the Embassy of the Russian Federation


25.09.2017 - PRESENTATION by Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk at the Christian Future of Europe Conference 22 September 2017, London

Your Eminences and Your Excellencies, dear Mr. Ambassador, conference organizers and participants, I cordially greet all of those gathered today at the Russian Embassy in London to partake in this conference dedicated to the question of the future of Christianity in Europe. This topic is not only not losing any of its relevance, but is resounding ever anew. Experts believe that today Christianity remains not only the most persecuted religious community on the planet, but is also encountering fresh challenges which touch upon the moral foundations of peoples' lives, their faith and their values. Recent decades have seen a transformation in the religious and ethnic landscape of Europe.


23.09.2017 - Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko's remarks at presentation of the book "The Mystery of Repentance" held at the Russian Embassy

I’m glad to welcome you here to a discussion of two prominent hierarchs of the Russian Orthodox Church and the Church of England, on Christian future of Europe.


12.09.2017 - Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko's remarks at the exhibition opening (“Scythians: Warriors of ancient Siberia” 12 September, British Museum)

Today the British Museum and the State Hermitage of Saint-Petersburg are once again proving their unique world class by bringing a whole new civilization to London. Ancient, and almost mythical, but creative, powerful and very different from what we have all known about antiquity – the Scythians.


14.07.2017 - Letter of Consul General Mr Andrey Pritsepov to the Herald newspaper, published 13.07.2017

I NOTE a rather questionable article by Mark McLaughlin (“Russians lurking near Faslane to eavesdrop on nuclear submarines", The Herald, July 11). Do you really believe that 145 million Russians would elect a leader who would command his nuclear submarines to chase someone's sole and lonely operative U-boat which is firing missiles in the opposite direction or Type 45 destroyers with faulty engines or an aircraft carrier without aircraft on it, all of them being located in Scottish waters?



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