Nation's business elite meet to discuss G20 summit

SOME of Australia's most influential business leaders met for the first time ahead of next year's G20 meeting in Brisbane.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Treasurer Wayne Swan met with the 27 members of the Australian Business 20 Leadership Group in Sydney.

The B20 will work with government between now and next year to ensure Australian business is "in the box seat" to take advantage of the G20 summit in November next year.

"Hosting the G20 - which accounts for 85% of the world economy - next year will be an unprecedented opportunity for Australia to drive an ambitious global economic agenda that is focused on growth and jobs," Ms Gillard and Mr Swan said in a statement.

"We will work with leaders in business, unions, civil society, youth and public policy to add their unique experiences, ideas and knowledge into this new dialogue."



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