G20 summit to pave way for global post-COVID-19 recovery

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Updated 21 November 2020

G20 summit to pave way for global post-COVID-19 recovery

  • ‘The whole world is waiting for what will be discussed in the summit and when the economic wheels start moving again’
  • Individual photos of the G20 leaders were joined together with King Salman at the center

RIYADH: The two-day G20 Leaders’ Summit taking place in Riyadh under the presidency of Saudi Arabia is expected to lay the foundations for a more inclusive, resilient, and sustainable recovery from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis.

The top-level conference has brought together some of the world’s largest economies — amounting to around 85 percent of global GDP — to discuss the most challenging socioeconomic global issues.
The G20 presidency rotates between member countries, and the Kingdom took hold of the reins this year for the first time.
Each presidency year typically concludes with the G20 Leaders’ Summit, a powerful gathering of heads of state that made its debut in 2008. The theme of this year’s presidency has been, “Realizing Opportunities of the 21st Century for All.”
Saudi Minister of Commerce and acting Media Minister Dr. Majid bin Abdullah Al-Qasabi said that due to the COVID-19 pandemic the 2020 summit had become a meeting representing all nations.

HIGHLIGHT

The G20 consists of 19 countries, and the EU. The member states are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the UK, and the US. In 2020, Spain, Jordan, Singapore, and Switzerland were invited as guest countries.

During a press conference, he said: “The whole world is waiting for what will be discussed in the summit and when the economic wheels start moving again.”
The minister pointed out that Saudi Arabia was the only Arabic country in the G20 and added: “The Kingdom has put its mark on the leading map in the world.”
Saudi G20 sherpa, Dr. Fahad Al-Mubarak, said the G20 summit would be different this year and one of the most important to date, “because this year has been full of events as well as achievements, so we hope that a successful meeting will be held.”

He noted that more than 100 meetings of deputies and ministers had been able to take place virtually despite the unprecedented circumstances. “We did not allow COVID-19 to prevent us from executing the full agenda that we had up front and announced on Dec. 1. Therefore, we have been able to achieve it in all sectors from finance to trade, from tourism to digital.
“We’ve been able to execute a full agenda in addition to new policies and action initiatives to combat the impact of COVID-19,” he added.
Al-Mubarak said the most important initiatives to be discussed and approved during the summit had been divided into two sections.
“The first section is the implementation of the resolutions and commitments made by the countries during the summit of last March, which was chaired by King Salman regarding vaccines, and also addressing not only the COVID-19 pandemic, but any future pandemics, how to be more prepared to face them, and reduce their economic and health impact on lives.
“The presidential program also continued to implement the programs in the basic program and included topics toward strengthening health systems in countries, and education. In addition, there are the initiatives that have been made in terms of tourism and transportation, which have been the sectors most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic this year,” he added.

 


Saudi Arabia confirms 14 COVID-19 deaths, 217 new cases

Updated 29 November 2020

Saudi Arabia confirms 14 COVID-19 deaths, 217 new cases

  • The Kingdom said 386 patients recovered in past 24 hours
  • The highest number of cases were recorded in Riyadh with 75

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia recorded 14 new COVID-19 related deaths on Sunday, raising the total number of fatalities to 5,884.
The Ministry of Health confirmed 217 new confirmed cases reported in the Kingdom in the previous 24 hours, meaning 357,128 people have now contracted the disease.
Of the total number of cases, 4,835 remain active and 674 in critical condition.

According to the ministry, the highest number of cases were recorded in the capital Riyadh with 75, followed by Makkah with 35, Madinah with 29, the Eastern Province recorded 18, and Qassim confirmed 14 cases.
The ministry also announced that 386 patients had recovered from COVID-19, bringing the total number of recoveries in the Kingdom to 346,409.
The coronavirus pandemic has affected over 62 million people globally and the death toll has exceeded 1.45 million.