G20 - Commonwealth/Francophonie Dialogue was held in Washington D.C.
On the 21st of April 2013 the joint Commonwealth-Francophonie and G20 Development Working Group (DWG) meeting took place in Washington, D.C. (USA). This meeting in an outreach format, was convened by the Secretariats of the Commonwealth and Francophonie, together with the Russian Presidency of the G20 DWG for 2013.
The meeting was attended by representatives of such countries as Bangladesh, Cameroon, Gambia, Grenada, Lesotho, Malawi, Maldives, Mauritius, Nigeria, Samoa, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, St.Lucia, St.Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Lebanon, and key stakeholders and partners.
The outreach discussion was focused on three issues: Infrastructure and Financial Inclusion, both of which represent key priority issues for the Russian G20 Presidency for 2013 in the sphere of development; as well as the Post-2015 Development Framework, the latter representing an important ongoing policy discussion of enormous consequence to developing countries.
At the same time, the meeting identified financing for infrastructure, human resource development, knowledge sharing and financial inclusion as key priority areas for attention of the G20 to ensure the creation of jobs and improve livelihoods.
The outreach discussion consequently provided an important opportunity for a range of the world's low-income and most vulnerable countries to share with members of the G20 DWG their extensive development experience of development programs` implementation on national level, including the assessment of the G20 contribution towards these efforts.