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Jan Wouters, Sven Van Kerckhoven

The G20 and the BRICS on Trade and Investment: Trends and Policies

2017. Vol. 12. No. 3. P. 7–31 [issue contents]

International trade and investments declined sharply in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis. To coordinate policy responses in the wake of this crisis, the Group of Twenty (G20) was elevated to the leaders’ level and the BRICS grouping of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa was founded as a summit to gather leaders from the most important emerging economies. This contribution reviews the work of both fora to restore trade and investment. We show that, despite efforts to stimulate cross-border trade and investments, neither has returned to pre-crisis levels. This is especially the case regarding international investment for the G20 members, although the data show a revival of trade. In general, BRICS members have been able to recover more quickly. Although their decisions have not always been implemented by members, the G20 and BRICS have proven to be effective fora for coordinating efforts and compliance has been rather high. However, this contribution argues that more can be done, especially regarding investments. The future will tell whether these two bodies will continue to be complimentary and whether they will be able to withstand protectionist and nationalist reflexes. 

Citation: Wouters J. and Van Kerckhoven S. (2017) The G20 and the BRICS on Trade and Investment:Trends and Policies. International Organisations Research Journal, vol. 12, no 3, pp. 7–31 (in Russian and English). DOI: 10.17323/1996-7845-2017-03-7
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