This post is going to go national today as your blogger evaluates the six pledges and 38 recommendations that the leaders of G20 signed and what they means for India. As I mentioned earlier, there are more benefits than costs and if we were to look at the big picture, I think India has gained. But 6.4 is a pathetic score for leaders of G20 to get in what was the biggest financial event this world has ever seen. Here’s the break-up: Read more
I hate to say ‘I told you so’, but I told you so — I really did.
Coming to a global congregation of the world’s largest economies and hoping 18 members to blindly follow what the US dictates and the UK furthers was nothing short of a foolish expectation. High on intent, reason and morals but low on humility, persuasion and mutual respect, the audacious spend-your-way-out-of-the-crisis proposal, born in the USA, grown in the UK and parroted by IMF, was destined to die. Read more
Today, Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd pressed for a greater role of China in International Monetary Fund (IMF) as a prelude to the G20 meeting on April 2. With this, the first step in reforming this multilateral institution has been taken. That step is to give a greater voice to borrower countries that are poorer than the wealthy nations that lend to the bank. Read more
For those looking at a sneak preview of what’s to come in the London Summit of G20 on April 2, breakingviews.com has a leak.
“The G20 blueprint programme, a copy of which has been obtained by breakingviews.com, is largely a statement of principles,” said Hugo Dixon, the website’s editor in chief and chairman. “The scheme will have to be blessed when the leaders meet in April. Detailed numbers and regulatory mechanisms will then need to be worked out in the coming months.” Read more