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Summit may not live up to "Exemplary" Preparations

June 11, 2001

While the Italian government has done an "exemplary" job of maintaining continuity with the Okinawa Summit and outlining broad themes for the Genoa Summit agenda, due to a variety of political factors, the Summit may not make as much progress as its organizers had hoped. In spite of a Summit agenda with clearly articulated goals centred around the issues of poverty reduction, the global environment and conflict prevention, viable solutions may not be agreed upon as a result of differing North American and European national interests, inexperienced world leaders and very vocal civil society activists.

The preceding is a summary of a speech, presented on May 24th to the G8 Research Group, by Sir Nicholas Bayne, a Visiting Fellow at the International Relations Department of the London School of Economics and Political Science and Chairman of the Liberalisation of Trade in Services (LOTIS) Committee, British Invisibles. At this event Sir Nicholas presented a commentary on his impressions of the preparations for the Genoa Summit as well as a general analysis of the themes and issues expected to be discussed in July by the world leaders.

For a full transcript of Sir Nicholas' remarks please visit: http://www.library.utoronto.ca/g7/evaluations/2001genoa/prospects_bayne.html

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