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G-20 speakers discuss anti-terrorism measures, development issues

All Headlines 09:18 May 19, 2011

By Kim Eun-jung

SEOUL, May 19 (Yonhap) -- Parliamentary representatives of the Group of 20 major economies opened a conference in Seoul on Thursday to discuss an array of issues facing the international community, including anti-terrorism measures and sustainable growth.

The two-day G-20 Speakers' Consultation brings together parliamentary leaders and representatives from the G-20 nations, five non-G-20 members -- Spain, Ethiopia, Singapore, Equatorial Guinea and Algeria -- and the Inter-Parliamentary Union.

South Korea's National Assembly speaker Park Hee-tae and other parliamentarians will hold four sessions of discussions at the parliament's main hall, the Rotunda Hall, throughout Thursday under the theme "Safe World, Better Future."

This week's conference comes as the death of Osama bin Laden last month has triggered security alerts across the globe and ongoing political unrest in the Middle East and North Africa.

The participants will discuss strategies for inter-parliamentary collaboration for world peace and anti-terrorism in the first two sessions.

Other issues on the agenda include helping developing economies suffering from the aftereffects of the 2008 global financial crisis and the recent rise in food prices as well as measures to strengthen inter-parliamentary cooperation to solve global challenges.

For common prosperity, South Korean representatives will share their experiences of raising the country from the ashes of the Korean War to become Asia's fourth-largest economy in less than half a century.

This is the second meeting of the G-20 speakers since they first met in September 2009 following the G-20 summit to continue the agenda at the parliamentary level so that legislative bodies of respective nations can craft legal systems and policies to cope with global challenges.

The participants will have a luncheon in a traditional Korean house inside the National Assembly compound.

Speaker Park will have bilateral meetings with representatives from 13 nations between sessions to seek ways to promote ties between the nations, according to organizing committee.


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