The Canberra Convention Bureau welcomes the ACT Government’s announcement of the hosting of the G20 Finance and Bank Deputies Meeting in Canberra. This meeting is a dividend of the strategy produced by the Bureau in August; “CANBERRA 2014 G20: A PROPOSAL TO HOST BUILD-UP EVENTS IN THE NATIONAL CAPITAL”.
“The Finance and Bank Deputies Meeting is an exciting start” said Robyn Hendry CEO of the Canberra Convention Bureau. “Significant thought has been given to contemporary global issues which Canberra’s intellectual resources could genuinely progress; in hosting such events Canberra will demonstrate its considerable leadership in research, education and policy development.”
The proposal was produced for the Chief Minister by the Bureau and has enabled Ms Gallagher to progress communication with the Prime Minister and Australia Government Departmental Secretaries. The proposal highlights a range of potential meetings that would provide opportunity for dialogue and discussion on some of the major issues facing Australia and the region today.
Ms Hendry went on to say, “As the national capital Canberra has a significant, symbolic and expert role to play in this important international event. “
The Bureau supports the efforts of the ACT Government and acknowledges that today’s announcement recognises that Canberra has a significant role leading up to the G20. The Bureau’s proposal would not have been possible without the support of its Research and Learning Institute Group (RALIG), the Chair, Prof. Lawrence Cram who led a hardworking group to develop potential topics. The proposal also has broad cross-party support from both federal and local politicians and members of Canberra business community.
“Canberra is ideally positioned to contribute more to the G20 dialogue” said Ms Hendry, “I greatly appreciate that the educational, research and cultural community stands ready to support the Bureau in this important initiative”.
“Now more than ever it’s time to THINK CANBERRA,” she said. “We believe the Finance and Bank Deputies Meeting is just the beginning, and we look forward to assist in the development of other complementary Build-Up meetings.”
The Canberra Convention Bureau is a not for-profit organisation working to promote Canberra as a business events destination. The Bureau uses its extensive knowledge of Canberra and the region to assist national and international businesses and organisations to plan and manage business events in Canberra.
Services are offered free with the support of the ACT Government and the contribution of Canberra’s business community.
THINK CANBERRA is an initiative of the Canberra Convention Bureau’s Research and Learning Institute Group (RALIG) established to encourage more high level and academic conferences to the city .
RALIG Committee Members:
- Australian National University
- Australian Academy of Science
- Australian Catholic University
- Australian Institute of Sport
- Australian War Memorial
- Canberra Institute of Technology
- CSIRO Discovery, CSIRO
- Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House
- National Film and Sound Archive
- National Information Communication Technology Australia
- National Library of Australia
- National Museum of Australia
- University of Canberra
- UNSW Canberra