Meridian International Center and Gallup Host G20 Insights Conference

Oct 09, 2010, 15:17 ET from Meridian International Center

Leaders discuss challenges & opportunities for enhancing strategic U.S.-Korea Economic & Trade Cooperation

WASHINGTON, Oct. 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Meridian International Center and Gallup, along with The Business Council for Global Development hosted a pre-G20 leadership discussion on Wednesday, October 6 to preview and discuss key topics that will be addressed at the forthcoming multilateral meeting in Seoul in November.  Topics addressed included emerging trends and factors in US-Korea relations; enhancing strategic economic and trade cooperation; and the key negotiating points and desired outcomes of the G20 discussions.  The conference was part of The U.S.-Global Leadership Project, a joint effort between the Meridian and Gallup to provide a comprehensive assessment of how the world views the leadership of the United States.

Panelists included H.E. Han Duk-soo, the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the U.S., Ambassador Thomas C. Hubbard, former U.S. Ambassador to Korea (2001 to 2004), and Edward Gresser, President and Director, Trade and Global Markets Project, Democratic Leadership Council. Leaders from the U.S. Congress, US government agencies, international financial institutions, the diplomatic community, and U.S. and international corporations also joined the discussion.

Ambassador Stuart Holliday, President and CEO of Meridian International Center opened the session, remarking on the significance of the Republic of Korea's being the first Asian and non-G7 host of a G20 summit.  Ambassador Han, who is also a former Prime Minister of Korea, led the panel discussion with a review of the G20 agenda and what he expects will be foremost in importance.  Calling Korea a "rock of stability in a changing age," Ambassador Hubbard detailed opportunities that lay ahead with the United States-Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS FTA).  Edward Gresser rounded out the discussion by evaluating both the role and make-up of the G20, as well as the need for reform of the international financial institutions—one of the key agenda items for the upcoming Seoul Summit.

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About Meridian:  Established in 1960 and headquartered in Washington, DC, Meridian International Center is a non-partisan, not-for-profit institution dedicated to strengthening international understanding through the exchange of people, ideas and culture. Through its global leadership exchanges, conferences and seminars and cultural exhibitions, Meridian fosters collaboration between U.S. and international leaders.

About the U.S.-Global Leadership Project: The U.S.-Global Leadership Project is a joint effort between Meridian International Center and Gallup to provide a comprehensive assessment of how the world views the leadership of the United States. The Project joins Gallup's unique global public opinion data from more than 150 countries with Meridian's leadership-focused context to create a powerful and useful barometer of the perceptions of U.S. leadership.

SOURCE Meridian International Center