June 30, 2019

The G20 Comes To A Close: A Look At The Leaders Declaration

Casie Daugherty, Scott Pastrick

This weekend, as the annual G20 Summit came to a close, leaders from participating countries – and the EU – released their Leaders Declaration.

The text of the Declaration can be found here.

Like previous declarations, the 2019 version covers a wide range of topics from trade and the economy to anti-corruption, from agriculture to sustainability, and from women’s empowerment to displacement and migration.

Among the most interesting – and relevant – portions of the statement:

Interestingly, the statement makes no mention of the need to address and eliminate protectionism. This is notable, as the U.S. and other member countries have moved steadily toward policies that enable their domestic industries, often at the expense of free trade.

Many of the actions agreed to in the Declaration will be followed up in separate ministerial meetings, and it will be important to watch progress on these commitments.

Additionally, in a piece tomorrow we will explore what the detente between the U.S. and China means for trade and the larger bilateral relationship going forward.


Scott Pastrick

R. Scott Pastrick is President and Chief Executive Officer of Prime Policy Group. He is recognized as a leading government, public affairs and political strategist, with more than 30 years of experience in Washington. Scott specializes in the representation of U.S. and multi-national corporations on international and domestic business policy, foreign policy and communications strategy.

Casie Daugherty

Casie helps to lead the firm’s trade practice, where she covers client needs in relation to NAFTA, tariff action, CFIUS, and other trade-related actions.