Ahead of the meeting of finance ministers from the Group of 20 leading economies later this week in France, an international non-governmental organization has renewed its call urging the G-20 to commit to using financial transaction tax to raise development funding.
Oxfam International is also urging the G-20 finance ministers to take concrete action to stop global food prices from rising further.
“Finance ministers will define the G20’s development credentials this week. They could make or break Sarkozy’s pledges to tackle the food price crisis and push through an FTT,” Oxfam spokesperson Luc Lampriere said in a Feb. 15 statement, referring to French President Nicolas Sarkozy. “The G20’s money ministers must now plan how exactly they will deliver on these promises – or otherwise G20 leaders will be left looking like emperors with no clothes.”
At the World Economic Forum last month, Sarkozy said the proposed tax should be a top agenda item in G-20 talks. France currently holds the rotating leadership of the group.
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