From 16 to 20 October, I travelled to Washington D.C to attend the Annual Meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF), as well as the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors meetings.
I had productive discussions with Finance Ministers and Treasury Secretaries from around the globe, including the United States, Papua New Guinea, Ireland, Tuvalu, the United Kingdom, South Korea and India, as well as OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurria. We had discussed the global economy in the face of economic headwinds, the significance of bilateral relationships, Australia’s economic resilience and the importance of an open rules-based trading system.
During my visit to Washington, I participated in a roundtable discussion which was an opportunity to talk about Australia’s economic resilience in the face of global headwinds. I also caught up with the President of the Deutsche Bundesbank and Member of the Governing Council of the ECB. We discussed recent developments in the global economy.
I congratulate the IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva on hosting her inaugural IMF annual meeting in Washington D.C. The meetings were a series of very important discussions about the global economic outlook.
You can read my opinion piece about my visit to Washington here.