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WSJ: Our Agenda for the G-20

Authors: Timothy F. Geithner, and Lawrence Summers
June 23, 2010

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U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner and Director of the National Economic Council Lawrence Summers take a look at the Obama administration's agenda for the G-20 Summit in Toronto on June 26 and 27.

This week, President Obama will travel to Toronto for the G-20 Summit. Engagement with the G-20 has been a key component of the administration's strategy to defuse the global financial crisis and ensure economic recovery. Stronger growth with solid job creation here in the U.S. depends on an expanding global economy, and this year's G-20 provides an important opportunity to focus on the policies required to reinforce growth.

In London last spring, the G-20 embraced an unprecedented and coordinated strategy to end this crisis. In Pittsburgh last fall, we established a new framework for global growth, and we designated the G-20 as the premier forum for international economic cooperation. In Toronto, we will take steps to ensure that the current recovery is self-sustaining.

Thanks to strong, decisive and coordinated action, President Obama and the other G-20 leaders have achieved significant progress since the London meeting. The global economy, which was then contracting at an unprecedented rate, is now expanding, and world trade has increased by more than 20% over the last 15 months.

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