Oxfam reaction to G20 summit

Published: 2 April 2009

Duncan Green, Oxfam spokesperson, said: “This G20 summit delivers a vital pick-me-up for poor countries struggling to survive the economic crisis but much more is needed to ensure their long-term recovery.

“We welcome the $1.1 trillion for global economic recovery. But we must ensure that poor countries get their fair share – that Uganda benefits as well as Ukraine. And we have deep concerns about how central the IMF has become in this crisis. The fund has been given a blank check but its reform remains no more than a promise.

“We hope that the old world of G8 meetings where developing countries were just invited for a photo opportunity is dead. Gordon Brown’s new world order must be one that works for 192 countries not just eight or 20.”