HRH Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman Al Saud, the Saudi Minister of Energy, commenced the virtual conference of policy recommendations for what comes after the COVID-19 pandemic, organized by T20, and attended by the World Trade Organization, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank Group, and the United Nations Development Programme.
The conference was attended by HRH Prince Turki bin Faisal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies (KFCRIS), His Excellency Dr. Fahad bin Abdullah Almubarak, Minister of State and Member of the Saudi Arabian Council of Ministers and Saudi Arabia’s G20 Sherpa, His Excellency Dr. Tawfiq bin Fawzan Al-Rabiah, Minister of Health, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization, in addition to the attendance of Adam Sieminski, President of the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC), and Dr. Fahad Alturki, Chair of T20 and KAPSARC Vice President of Research.
Moreover, the three-day conference was participated in by the lead co-chairs of T20 task forces, in addition to a selection of leaders of international academic institutions, think tanks and policymakers, as they all represent the sectors of health, education, environment, trade, investment and finance among many other sectors.
By holding this conference, T20 aims to highlight the policy briefs that the group’s task forces have carried out as an extension of the Kingdom’s presidency agenda for the G20 summit in 2020. The conference’s agenda included an opening keynote address delivered by HRH Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman Al Saud, Minister of Energy, in addition to a number of plenaries and breakout sessions that discussed the reality of health globally in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the reality of post-pandemic health, the keynotes of the G20 summit that occurred during the current crisis, the policy briefs proposed by the T20 task forces, and the summary of keynotes discussed by the group, in addition to the role of multilateralism in the face of the current global crisis.
From his side, HRH Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman Al Saud, Minister of Energy, stated that ensuring the stability of energy markets and providing safe and affordable energy supplies is essential for addressing health and safety issues and the countries’ resilience during the necessary response phases and their recovery. Also, His Highness ackowledged the role of T20 by holding this conference that discussed the current global crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, indicating that the world needs to unify and integrate efforts to deal with this global challenge.
In a commentary to the conference, Dr. Fahad Alturki, the Chair of T20 and KAPSARC Vice President of Research, indicated that holding this conference comes in the context of T20’s mission to review and monitor the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on various economic sectors locally and globally, discuss the appropriate solutions, and propose the necessary policies to get through the pandemic in cooperation with civil society organizations. Alturki also emphasized that the group seeks to offer possible solutions to a more prosperous world after the pandemic, noting that the group recently formed task force 11 (COVID-19: Multidisciplinary Approaches to Complex Problems), which works according to various priorities, such as building prepared and resilient health systems and supply chains, restructuring and adaptability of education systems, and addressing environmental challenges and stepping up climate action.
It is noteworthy that the virtual conference of T20 was well attended, as the number of attendees reached more than 850. The conference also witnessed more than 1,270 registered to attend. This comes in the context of the hard work carried out by the T20 within the Kingdom’s presidency of the G20 summit in 2020, as the group organized 12 webinars before organizing this conference.
Media coverage for the web conference can be found here: