It is an honour to chair the B20 during Australia's G20 presidency, which commenced on 1 December 2013.
I believe that there are significant opportunities for the G20 to drive sustainable global growth and prosperity and I feel the B20 has an important role to play in shaping this process.
The B20 brings together business leaders from across the G20 members, reflecting the important role of the private sector as a driver of economic activity.
Under the B20 Australia process we have opted for a tight focus on four areas where we believe we can drive to impact: financing growth, human capital, investment & infrastructure and trade. Through taskforces in each of these four areas, we will look to develop pragmatic and actionable policy recommendations for the G20, building on the work of previous B20 summits.
We will engage with the international business community during the course of the year and work to develop recommendations that can be translated into real action by the G20.
Together with the B20 Australia Leadership Group, I look forward to hosting constructive and inclusive meetings with B20 participants and showcasing some of Australia's beauty and capabilities to the world.