BCom’s attend G20 & OECD forums

Meetings with former Prime Minister’s, Governor Generals, and the leader of the Opposition, BCom students Mary Nega and Maggie Yang were put through their paces in advance of their trips to the G20 and OECD with Global Voices. Jascha Haisken-DeNew reports

Established in 2011, Global Voices is a non-profit organisation whose mission is to create opportunities for young Australians to engage with policy makers both at home and abroad.

Both BCom students were chosen after a rigorous selection process to be part of the Global Voices delegation to visit policymakers here in Australia and at the G20 Youth Summit or ‘Y20’ in Russia and the OECD annual forum in Paris.

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation & Development (OECD) is an international organisation comprising 34 countries with the aim of improving the economic and social well-being of people around the world. The G20 has established itself as the forum for international economic development, particularly in the wake of the economic crisis that affected the world in 2008.

To prepare both BCom students for their G20 and OECD visits, Global Voices organised a meeting in Canberra with leading national political figures including Governor General Quentin Bryce, former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and opposition Leader Tony Abbott.

‘It was a tremendous experience and it really prepared us for our trips to the OECD and the G20’ commented Mary Nega who traveled to the G20 Youth Summit or ‘Y20’ in St. Petersburg, Russia while Maggie is attending the OECD annual forum.

Speaking from the French capital on the first today of the OECD forum Maggie highlighted the content of the day, ‘There was an absolutely inspirational opening speech by Angel Gurria, Secretary-General of the OECD. “This is about better policies, better lives. This is all about you” was one of his statements in his speech and it really left an impression on me.’

Maggie and the Global Voices delegation also met with Chris Barrett, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Australia to the OECD, and had a really informative discussion with Craig Emerson, Australian Minister for Trade and Competitiveness, where they discussed Australia’s economic growth focus for the future and the need for effective communication between the government and the public.

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