Riyadh Holds a G20 Video Conference on Global Pandemic


Leaders from the G20 will maintain a videoconference to “advance a coordinated global response to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic and its human and economic implications,” in response to an announcement printed by the Saudi secretariat. The assembly, to be chaired by King Salman, will happen on March 26. Saudi Arabia holds the G20 presidency this 12 months.

The assembly is about to debate the implications of the worldwide pandemic — which has now contaminated greater than 430,000 globally in 196 nations and territories, its social and financial impression, and measures to stave off a worldwide financial recession. Representatives from the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) may also take part.

Dr. Hamdan Al-Shehri, a political analyst and worldwide relations scholar, informed Arab News that the G20 has by no means been extra related than it’s right this moment. 

“The G20 represents a structure which includes the world’s twenty largest national economies,” he stated. “This summit is phenomenal because it is not going to solely deal with the implications for the well being of worldwide residents as a result of unfold of coronavirus, but in addition on the menace it poses to economies, world meals safety and plenty of different points.

“I think 70-80 percent of the summit will focus on these discussion points. The world’s largest economies are bearing a heavy burden as they provide support to many developing countries facing this pandemic and a roadmap must be put in place to face the crisis,” Al-Shehri continued, including that unity was very important, as nations “can’t fight this fight alone.” Without a united world entrance, he stated, the financial and well being implications of the virus will probably be a lot more durable to beat.

The digital summit, Al-Shehri believes, will encourage higher coordination and significant alternate of expertise and data. 

The authorities of Saudi Arabia has, like many others around the globe, taken excessive precautionary measures on account of the decision for worldwide coordination and multilateral efforts to fight the unfold of COVID-19. This has performed an necessary function in guaranteeing the protection and well-being of residents of the Kingdom, but in addition of different nations. 

“Saudi Arabia was (one of the first countries) to send emergency medical aid to China at the beginning of the outbreak,” stated Lina Ok. Almaeena, Saudi Shoura Council member.

“The Kingdom has additionally responded to the WHO’s pressing attraction and has offered $10 million in monetary help. It has taken daring and assertive measures to curb the unfold of the virus by suspending colleges, Umrah pilgrimage, and travel to and from the nation as a way to guard residents and residents of all nationalities and religions living inside its borders, in addition to guaranteeing medical remedy to all.

“The coronavirus has made it clearer than ever that we are all global citizens,” Almaeena continued. “I hope that the virtual G20 Summit — led by Saudi Arabia — will come up with innovative recommendations that will further curb the outbreak.”

“The extraordinary initiative taken by King Salman is critical, as the world is going through a major crisis with the coronavirus pandemic — a crisis that the world has never seen the likes of before,” Dr. Alia Aldahlawi, Saudi Shoura Council member, informed Arab News. “At the current time, a worldwide coordinated response, in cooperation with all well being companies and establishments, should put requirements in place to restrict the unfold, scale back an infection charges and achieve management over the pandemic.

“I believe this exceptional meeting will have a major impact in crisis management, led by the Kingdom, with positive outcomes on the economic and health front at an international level,” she added.

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