World Leaders Summit. Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre has been announced as the official venue for the G20 Leaders Summit in Brisbane in November 2014. The G20 Summit is the world’s premier forum for global economic co-operation and decision making, bringing together leaders and finance ministers from countries which account for more than 85% of global economic output.
With trade and labour conferences to precede the G20 conference, about 7,000 people are expected to attend including 3,000 accredited media. Joining the international leaders will be key officials from the United Nations, the World Bank, the World Trade Organisation and the International Monetary Fund.
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard declared Brisbane a world class city worthy of hosting the G20 leaders. She said Brisbane’s Convention Centre was ‘a fantastic facility’ and the airport well positioned to deal with the arrival of so many world leaders in a compressed time frame.
Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre General Manager, Bob O’Keeffe said the hosting of the G20 Leaders Summit would place Brisbane at the centre of world events. “This is a unique opportunity to showcase Brisbane’s credentials as an international business destination as well as the world class facilities of the Convention Centre and the city’s infrastructure.” Both the Centre and Brisbane, he said, have a history of hosting large scale international events.