Singapore invited to next year's G-20 summit in Osaka

TOKYO • Singapore is one of eight countries to be invited as guests to the Group of 20 (G-20) summit in Osaka next June, Japan's Foreign Ministry announced yesterday.

The summit, which Japan will be hosting from June 28 to 29 in the country's second-largest metropolitan area, will be the 14th meeting of G-20 leaders.

The group comprises the world's 20 largest developed and developing economies, which together make up about two-thirds of the world population and account for three-quarters of world trade.

Singapore is not a member of the G-20, but has regularly been invited, given its prominent status as a major financial centre and investment hub in Asia.

It has also previously been invited as a representative of the Global Governance Group, an informal group of 30 small and medium-sized countries that aims to promote transparency and inclusivity in the G-20 process.

This year, Singapore was invited to the Buenos Aires summit as a representative of the Association of South-east Asian Nations, or Asean, which the Republic chaired this year.

All in, Singapore has been invited to take part in the G-20 summit and its related processes in 2010 and 2011, as well as in straight meetings from 2013.

Singapore is not a member of the G-20, but has regularly been invited, given its prominent status as a major financial centre and investment hub in Asia.

The other countries invited to next year's Osaka summit are: Chile, Egypt (as president of the African Union), the Netherlands, Spain, Senegal (as president of the New Partnership for Africa's Development), Thailand (as Asean chairman) and Vietnam.

Nine international organisations have also been invited as guests: the United Nations, World Bank, International Monetary Fund, Financial Stability Board, World Trade Organisation, International Labour Organisation, Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, World Health Organisation and Asian Development Bank.

Japan's Foreign Ministry said that its guest list took into account the "relevance to the summit agenda and contributions to the G-20" of the respective countries and organisations.

It said in a statement: "Japan is determined to lead the G-20 Osaka summit towards success with the goal of achieving both economic growth and reduction of disparities, and contributing to the development agenda and other global issues."

What Japan hopes to realise and promote through the G-20 summit, the statement added, is a free and open, inclusive and sustainable human-centred society. The G-20 grouping comprises Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, the European Union, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 19, 2018, with the headline 'S'pore invited to next year's G-20 summit in Osaka'. Print Edition | Subscribe