Argentina’s G20 Presidency: Implications for the G20-Africa Partnership

Argentina’s hosting of the G20 summit in 2018 presents a significant opportunity for it to represent the needs and expectations of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) as a whole, as well as advancing a cohesive regional strategy of the Latin American bloc within the G20 (Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico). Historically, Latin American regional priorities have often been marginalised in G20 debates as a result of the failure of the Latin American bloc to present a well-articulated, cohesive position on key issues on the G20 agenda. A focus on the social and environmental dimension are reflective of a shared Latin America agenda, which extends to the needs and expectations of the Global South more broadly. For instance, in the aftermath of the 2008 global financial crisis, Brazil and Argentina have used the G20 platform to push for enhancement of basic financial regulations, an emphasis on public policies of inclusion in light of growing inequality globally, employment policies, fair commercialization of raw materials and investment in housing, education and health. This policy brief seeks to situate Argentina’s G20 presidency in the context of Latin America and the Caribbean, and specifically its relations with the African continent. How will Argentina’s presidency frame Latin American and the Caribbean-African relations in the context of the G20 partnership with Africa? How can African stakeholders utilise Argentinian priorities to achieve their own development priorities?