French official stresses social priorities of G20 presidency

12:16, June 04, 2011      

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Xavier Bertrand, minister of labor of France said here Friday that his country's presidency of the Group of 20 (G20) will continue to stress the importance of social progress in the aftermath of the global economic crisis.

"It's true that we can't get through such a crisis with such major economic and social consequences without learning a few lessons, and France is delivering that message and the message is that there must clearly be social regulation of globalization, a social dimension in globalization which must be fully taken into account," Bertrand said.

The labor minister was speaking to the press after he participated in a General Assembly session on France's social priorities as it leads the G20 in 2011.

The G20 is a group of finance ministers and central bank governors from national economies that meet to discuss and promote international economic development and growth.

Bertrand explained that France's G20 presidency has a few major social priorities, including the issue of unemployment, which he said could be tackled with a working group.

The working group "would include labor partners which would also allow us to be more specific when it comes to exchanging experiences on good practices, on sharing priorities, namely on youth employment," he said, "Germany has stressed being able to have an exchange on job training as well."

He said that a roadmap has not yet been created for the working group, but that many countries seem to agree that it should be permanent.

The French presidency also emphasizes that conventions on labor rights, including those from the International Labor Organization (ILO), should be ratified and applied both at the national level and on the level of international employer organizations and their members, said Bertrand.

He stressed that France's G20 presidency favors consistency and coordination in its social priorities. "There must be consistent action among international organizations, there must be consistency between economic development policies and social policies, and on all those points we know today that international organizations are working together more closely," he said.

Bertrand said that the members of the General Assembly seem to be in agreement with the ideas of the French G20 presidency. He said that UN member states exhibited a "real convergence of ideas" with France in this regard.

Source: Xinhua

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