Finance ministers and central bankers from the G20 meet this weekend in the English countryside to discuss the world’s financial and economic crisis. With this in mind, MacroScope asked a number of economists what they want to see from the meeting and the G20 summit to follow later and what they expect to see.
The answer, in short, appears to be that much is needed but not much expected.
Paul Mortimer-Lee, head of market economics, BNP Paribas:
“There will be progress on agreeing that regulation needs to be more effective and more effectively co-ordinated on a global scale but I am unconvinced we are going to go a long way further. Some populist posturing on bank bonuses etc should be expected. The less is achieved in other areas the more this will get played up. On bank recapitalisation, they will all agree strong capital is a good thing, but in no way do I expect a concerted plan — it’s driven by events and the exigencies of the local banking system.
“I would like to see progress on the international financial architecture/the IMF and its resources. Maybe we’ll get some new facility and some agreement on more new cash … but a radical overhaul requires the power structure to be rejigged — more power to the (emerging economies) and less to Europe. This is not something European politicians will want to be high profile when it comes out.”
Sarah Hewin, senior economist, Standard Chartered:
“The economic data continue to worsen and markets remain in a state of fear. So the best outcome from the meeting would be a co-ordinated response to frozen credit markets and collapsing global economic activity.
“A wish-list would include announcements on: fixing banking systems, including cleaning up banks’ balance sheets by dealing with toxic assets; more and co-ordinated fiscal stimulus and wider adoption of quantitative easing; expanding the size of the IMF to enable it to support vulnerable countries; and commitments against protectionism.